March 17th is National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day.
It’s not surprising this day coincides with St. Patrick’s Day. In the US, one of the most popular dishes served on St. Patrick’s Day is Corned Beef and Cabbage. Though often thought of as an Irish meal, it was actually created by Irish immigrants in New England. It is a variation of the New England Boiled Dinner. Looking for a cheaper alternative to “pork and potatoes”, as pork was exorbitantly priced, Irish immigrants found the corned beef in the Jewish communities a great alternative. Cabbage, too, was more cost effective than potatoes.
It became so popular that is was even served at President Lincoln’s inauguration dinner in 1862 along with mock turtle soup, parsley potatoes, and blackberry pie.
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