Today is the one day of the year where people of every nationality unite and claim themselves as Irish. Tonight Phil and I invited our Family (who are Italian, Portuguese and Syrian) for a tradition Irish Meal. We served Corned Beef and Cabbage, traditional with our own twists.
When I went to the supermarket in the beginning of the week, I was slightly intimidated by the packaged piece of beef I knew would become my Thursday night dinner. I purchased all the veggies and said, what’s the worst that could happen. The experiment started last night. My dad (who is a great cook) told me that all I needed to do was boil the meat for 3 hours…. So when I got home from work, I put the meat in my favorite ‘Martha Stewart’ cast iron skillet, filled it with water, added pepper, fresh garlic cloves, and a bay leave and let it simmer for 3 hours. After a while the kitchen smelled amazing. I turned it off and hoped for the best. (I refrigerated it over night)
Today, when I got home, I removed the meat from the pan and added all the veggies. I chose to use white potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnip, and cabbage. For a Portuguese twist I also added Linguica (a spicy sausage…you can find right at the regular supermarket). I boiled the meat, and veggies in the broth for about 1 hour more, served it with vinegar and mustard and it turned out to be amazzzinggg.
No I'm not Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage
I am proud of myself…maybe I could be Irish after all. J