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

Posted at 7:49 PM, Mar 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-17 22:49:16-04

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

But you might have heard this is 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 actually 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.

So what is the traditional St. Patrick's Day food in Ireland?

There really isn't one.