(KGTV) — Corned beef and cabbage has become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day.
But you might have heard this is actually an American creation.
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.