For full disclosure, yes, I myself am an Italian-American of Calabrian and Sicilian descent. My son is Greek-Italian, and my daughter is Korean. In other words, we here at Living the Gourmet are about as ‘not’ Irish as is possible.
To start, ‘corned’ is an Old English colloquialism meaning ‘salted.’ Add some nitrates or nitrites to the beef during the ‘corning’ process, and you’ve got your standard pink-hued salted slab of beef that goes strangely well with mustard and boiled root vegetables.
想想爱尔兰的，你可能会觉得起伏的绿色山丘和田园诗般的牧场。Following British domination of Ireland, they turned the island into something of a ‘cow factory,’ transforming much of the Irish countryside, and virtually all of the best farmland, into British-owned grazing lands, while the native Irish were forced to subsist on small allotments as tenant farmers. In other words, the production of beef in Ireland at that time – while wildly lucrative for the British – had a catastrophic effect on the Irish, who, aside from already being disenfranchised in their own homeland, now found themselves displaced and impoverished. As a result, even though their island was being used as giant cattle farm, beef, canned, corned, or otherwise, was simply not something most Irish could afford to indulge in at the time.
然而，很快穿过一个巨大的移民到美国前，突然你有一个庞大的爱尔兰人口与获得相对便宜的美国牛肉 - 尤其是在像纽约市，移民工作屠宰场被瓜分便宜削减海因兹喜欢胸部卖地对移民同胞们。这增加移民菜市场兜售同样廉价罐头食品来的移民同胞们，突然间你已经有了意大利人吃油炸定期牛肉丸，和爱尔兰吃腌牛腩砖作为主食项目。
换句话说，咸牛肉，爱尔兰饮食中主食的想法实际上是“爱尔兰裔美国人，”有点像意大利面条和肉丸实际上是“意大利裔美国人，”咸牛肉 - 作为一个爱尔兰主食 - 是长部分移民历史，爱尔兰移民的结果调整和在他们的新家园欣欣向荣。
This one’s really simple. We place a two three pound flat corned beef in a large pot, and cover with water, adding in the spice packets they come with. Let the water come to a boil, and lower the heat and allow the beef to gently simmer for about three hours, or until they are fork tender. Once that’s been achieved, add in your peeled carrots, and simmer for another fifteen to twenty minutes, and then turn the heat off.
For the potatoes, I’m going to be a little unorthodox, and we’ll be preparing garlic mashed potatoes this year, rather than the standard boiled.
2) While I wouldn’t personally suggest trying to pair a wine here, if you want to try a decent cabernet sauvignon or a merlot, or really any wine with a sturdy body and full mouthfeel will pair well in order to stand up to the fat of the meat and the starch of the potatoes.
2) An obvious go-to for leftover corned beef is hash and eggs.