St. Patty’s Cabbage Recipe

16 Mar

For St. Patrick’s Day, Beth Ziegenhorn from YAC submitted a story and cabbage recipe for EatingOxford.com readers.

Tradition – Shmadition

 By Beth Ziegenhorn

How to be Meatless on the Greenest Day of the Year.

I’ve recently challenged myself by becoming a vegetarian, but just for the span of the next 40 days. St. Patrick’s Day is my dilemma because it just doesn’t seem like March 17th without corned beef and cabbage. Then I got to thinking about it: What made corned beef and cabbage popular in the first place, anyway? How does one eat cabbage without corned beef? Why would someone want to eat cabbage?

Well, for one, corned beef and cabbage is an Americanized version of the St. Patrick’s Day meal. Brief history lesson: corned beef was made popular in New York bars when it was offered as a “free lunch” to Irish construction workers who were building NYC in the early 20th century. To get this “free lunch” you had to buy a couple of beers or shots of whiskey. That’s how corned beef became known as an Irish food.

Since corned beef and cabbage is now this staple to Americanized-St. Patty’s Day, it still feels necessary to at least eat some cabbage. The good thing is, cabbage is a great source of vitamin C, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It’s also great for weight loss. The only cabbage recipes that I would use come from community cookbooks, and Square Table Cookbook has a smashing Red Cabbage Casserole that’s beyond easy to make and could double as a wonderful accompaniment to corned beef.

Red Cabbage Casserole

(Makes 6 servings)

  • 1 medium red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except butter. Place in a large buttered casserole. Dot with butter. Cover and bake for two hours.

*Permission to use the Red Cabbage Casserole recipe granted by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. Square Table Cookbook is a community cookbook and a fundraiser for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and can be ordered at www.oxfordarts.com/shop. For more recipes check out: aroundthesquaretable.blogspot.com.

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