With St. Patty’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to focus on an old Irish tradition: drinking yourself under the table.

Just kidding, it’s eating corned beef.

Not many people know exactly what goes in to corned beef. After doing my own Wikipedia research, I realized this is probably a good thing because a lot less people would eat it if they did. What I will tell you is corned beef has been around a long time, probably originating in Ireland in the 1500s or 1600s. The word “corn,” which comes from Old English, does not refer to the vegetable but rather the salt used to cure the beef.

In all that time, we’ve come up with a number of ways to enjoy this Irish classic. Some people like to slice it thin and put it on a Reuben sandwich with swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing on rye bread. Others like corned beef hash for breakfast. Some simply like it plain, with mustard. How do you like to eat corned beef? Vote for your favorite option below and explain in the comments.

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  1. Mark

    I make an entire extra corned beef every year so I can have all the leftover varieties I want. I serve it up fresh with a glaze for dinner, then spend the rest of the week eating reubens and hash.


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