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Fact or Fiction: Corned beef and cabbage an American creation?

Posted at 9:09 PM, Mar 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-18 00:09:00-04

(KGTV) — Corned beef and cabbage has become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day.

But you might have heard this is actually an American creation.

It's true.

While cabbage is a traditional food item in Ireland, corned beef is not.

It was originally used as a substitute for bacon by Irish-American immigrants in the late 1800's.

Irish immigrants living in New York learned about corned beef from their Jewish neighbors.

They found the meat was cheaper and had a similar taste and texture to bacon.

So a tradition was born.

If you’re wondering, there really isn’t a traditional St. Patrick's Day food in Ireland.