What’s the deal with corned beef and cabbage? Is there corn mashed in together with the beef? And a head of cabbage used as garnish on the side? Or, are you only familiar with the over-salted version of the dish, forever consigned to tacky St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at rundown bars? Well, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, this is a tribute to one of Benjies Deli’s signature dishes, corned beef and cabbage!
Corned beef has quite an extensive and secular history, but is most famous for its origin in Ireland. The name “corned beef” derives not from the vegetable but from the process of curing the meat using large pieces of rock-salt kernels, which are called “corns of salt”. Up until the 19th century, the Irish were the main exporters of corned beef, finding the preserved and salted meat a necessity for the famine-stricken country. There is great debate about whether or not corned beef and cabbage is authentically Irish or not, many arguing that the dish came about after the Irish immigrated to America.
Authentically Irish or not, you can’t deny the deliciousness of corned beef and cabbage! If you’ve ever had a bad experience with corned beef and cabbage (ahem, American bars!), come on by to Benjies Deli to dispel any fallacies you ever had of this tasty dish. Yes, that’s right—the Jewish do it better! Also, Benjies Deli will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for an entire week (Monday, March 14 to Sunday, March 20), even more reason for you to come in and enjoy a plate and a pint of green Budweiser!
And don’t worry if you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at home– Benjies Deli has got you covered for dinner! We offer deluxe catering, and can provide you and your friends with party-sized platters of our most popular dishes—including corned beef and cabbage. Minimum party size is 6 people, and we need 24-72 hours advance notice. Call us today at (714) 541-6263 and place your order!