Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Corned Beef!

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches the affinity to celebrate one’s Irish roots becomes stronger. With any celebration there is one thing that almost anyone can get excited about and that’s the food! Typical Irish dishes consumed around St. Patrick’s Day include:

  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Irish Stew with lamb, carrots, potatoes and herbs
  • Colcannon which is mashed potatoes with cabbage
  • Shepherd’s Pie is a meat pie with vegetables and a mashed potato crust
  • Corned beef and cabbage

Corned beef and cabbage has become a staple for St. Patrick’s Day in the United States, but what if I told you that corned beef isn’t considered a typical Irish dish? In fact, if you were to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland it may be extremely hard to find corned beef.

Corned beef became popular in the United States back when Irish settlers came to America. The availability of meat used in traditional Irish dishes like lamb or pork was so scarce at the time that they relied heavily on beef for their meals. The abundance and availability of beef made it the affordable meat of choice for early Irish-Americans.

Corned beef is a beef brisket that has been cured in brine and then boiled. Corned beef is usually served with cabbage or sliced thin for sandwiches. Today you can find a variety of sandwiches developed from using corned beef such as the Reuben, the New Jersey Sloppy Joe and of course the Corned Beef Sandwich.

  • The Corned Beef Sandwich: corned beef topped with mustard and pickles
  • The Reuben: corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese, topped with Thousand Island dressing on rye bread and then grilled
  • The New Jersey Sloppy Joe: using three slices of bread, it’s a sandwich made with corned beef and a combination of one or more types of sliced deli meat, such as turkey, ham, pastrami, roast beef, or sliced beef tongue, then topped with Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Thousand Island Dressing

The Corned Beef Sandwich

The Reuben

The New Jersey Sloppy Joe







Checkout our recommended products for making your own corned beef sandwiches HERE

With St. Patrick’s Day festivities just around the corner come grab some essentials for your big celebration such as:

  • Our Deli House-Made Irish Nachos for $8.99*
    • Fried potatoes topped with cheddar cheese, corned beef and green onions
  • Garret Valley Corned Beef Brisket (antibiotic-free and hormone-free) for $10.99/lb. regularly $12.99/lb.*
  • Bubbies’ Sauerkraut for $3.99/25 oz. regularly $6.99*
  • Kerrygold Irish Butter for $2.79/8 oz. regularly $3.49*

Sale prices thru March 19, 2017. While supplies last.

Kelsey is the Food Demo and Education Coordinator at Valley Natural Foods. She oversees the in-store demo program and scheduling of classes.

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