Thursday, March 12, 2009

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day, as you know, is coming up next week. There are some traditions that many consider to be part of St. Patrick's Day.

  • You always wear green on St. Patrick's Day.

  • You always have green beer on St. Patrick's Day.

  • There's always a parade on St. Patrick's Day.

  • You always have corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day.

I never was a fan of beer, let alone green beer, so that is one tradition that hasn't stayed with me (although I gave it the old college try, back in my college days).

I frequently struggle to align my clothes so that I have green work clothes available on that day, but try hard.

I don't live in a community with a parade and won't be driving anywhere to see one.

I usually head somewhere to get my Corned Beef on St. Patrick's Day. I really enjoy Corned Beef Hash, but haven't been adventurous enough to make it at home. I'm not sure if my family would like it or not. I found a recipe for Corned Beef Hash a while back and might just give it a try this year. I always order Corned Beef Hashed crispy, like my bacon. I think it really pulls out the flavor, so I will definitely go a little long in the last step. I think your supposed to serve with an egg - poached or fried?

Do you have St. Patrick's Day traditions? Is there a family favorite Irish dish you enjoy on St. Patrick's Day?

Life As Mom is hosting the Ultimate Recipe Swap today and the theme, you guessed it, St. Patrick's Day Feasts. Head over to find some great recipes. Her sister gives a recipe for a cake that I think I will try.

Corned Beef Hash

2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (I'm buying hash browns I bet)
1/4 c butter
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 pound corned beef, finely chopped
2 tsp prepared horseradish
salt and pepper to taste

Place potatoes in skillet and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 6 minutes. (Potatoes will be firm.) Drain potatoes in colander; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add butter and onion to empty skillet; cook and stir over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Stir in corned beef, horseradish and potatoes; mix well. Press down mixture with spatula to flatten into compact layer.

Reduce heat to low. Cook 10 to 15 minutes. Turn mixture with spatula and pat down. Continue cooking 10 to 15 minutes or until bottom is well browned.


FishMama said...

We just watched an episode of Good Eats where Alton Brown talked about how good this was. I've never had it, but it sounds interesting.

Lynn said...

I'm a corned beef girl myself. I like to make it in the crockpot because it's waaaay easy :)