There are many traditions associated with St. Patrick's Day: drinking Guinness, shots of Jameson, drinking Guinness, wearing green (or orange, for you Protestants), eating corned beef and cabbage and drinking Guinness.
According to Smithsonian magazine, cows were actually viewed as sacred animals in Gaelic Ireland. Cows were a symbol of wealth and "were only killed for their meat if the cows were too old to work or produce milk." Instead, the traditional St. Patrick's Day meal in Ireland is usually lamb or bacon.
On the other hand, Americans or non-traditionalists can try a recipe for corned beef and cabbage courtesy of Food Network's Alton Brown.
The ingredients you'll need:
2 to 2 1/2 pound corned-beef brisket, recipe follows
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 pound diced carrots, approximately 4 small
1/2 pound diced onions, approximately 2 small
1 pound potatoes, peeled and chopped, approximately 3 medium
1/4 pound diced celery, approximately 2 stalks
1 small head cabbage, chopped, approximately 2 pounds
Brown's recipe includes a lengthy brining process that requires the following spices and aromatics:
2 quarts water
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons saltpeter
1 cinnamon stick, broken into several pieces
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
8 whole cloves
8 whole allspice berries
12 whole juniper berries
2 bay leaves, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 pounds ice
1 (4 to 5 pound) beef brisket, trimmed
1 small onion, quartered
1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped
If you prefer devoting more of your time pregaming, or if you need corned beef in time for St. Patrick's Day, this Allrecipes recipe is relatively quicker and definitely simpler because you can prep and leave it in a slow cooker. For the health conscious imbiber, Wellness Mama offers a healthier version of corned beef and cabbage.