Thursday, March 13, 2014

Irish Corned Beef, Potato and Cabbage Pie Plus a #Whole Foods #Giveaway


This week found me unexpectedly in Phoenix taking care of my mother who just had back surgery. She hopefully is now cured of her sciatica pain and soon should be able to do a jig! After all, it's almost time to dance a jig, for St. Patties Day that is. Spring will hopefully, soon be upon us and a sighting of green will surely be a sight to behold, at least in many parts of the country. Though I'm not Irish, I'm always happy to celebrate any occasion and St. Patrick's Day is no exception. Where I come from there was many a Ryan or O'Brien close by and since my parents saw the need to send me to a high school where we were the home of the Fighting Irish, I wore the green plaid tartan almost every day. (And, yes you might wonder what a nice Jewish girl, was doing going to a Catholic high school, but that story is for another day!)

In my past, I've had plenty of Jewish corned beef and my mom used to bake a corned beef each year to commemorate this great Irish occasion. My kids never liked corned beef and cabbage, but they did build a few elaborate leprechaun traps. Somehow one of their teachers convinced them that leprechauns existed and if they caught one the leprechaun would lead them to a pot of gold. (I can remember thinking what a crazy teacher at the time, but it was fun to watch them get so excited while building their trap.) Being the great mother that I was am, I threw down those little green metallic, confetti shamrocks and even put shamrock stickers everywhere to show them that the leprechaun had been there. Their traps were set off and no leprechaun was ever caught much to their regret and mine!

But back to corned beef. It seems that Jewish corned beef came by way of the Irish, because of the close proximity of both groups during the height of immigration. Kind of interesting to know that corned beef is really an American Irish thing and even though Ireland has historically produced a lot of corned beef, most of it was exported. A traditional Irish meal contained bacon or ham. Corned beef does have an interesting history and if you want you can read more about it here.


I can't say that I've grown up with many Irish foods in my repertoire, but I'm always happy to oblige Whole Foods. Whole Foods has a variety of foods fresh from the emerald shores. Everything from smoked Irish salmon to Irish cheeses, to Irish bacon plus the ubiquitous corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and Irish soda bread. OK-I know all of it isn't direct from the Irish shores but you can pretend, can't you? Pick up some shamrocks and celebrate.

For my celebration, that came rather quick given my fast departure for Phoenix, I came up with this savory pie. Somehow I combined a slew of Irish standbys and threw them into this concoction for one giant Irish surprise. It contains lots of corned beef and cabbage,  some Guinness, some Irish cheddar with stout, and mustard. You've got to have mustard with corned beef. Oh- and did I say it is all in a crisp potato crust? I made my potato crust from fresh grated potatoes, but after reading this, I'm going to tell you how to do it this way, so you can save some time! Now Manservant would have thrown a fried egg on top, but I didn't let him. Yeah, this is a lot like a corned beef hash in pie form and that's not blarney! Make this and it just might have you dancin' a jig!

Whole Foods is giving away 1 $25 gift cards to help fill your basket. Whole Foods does supply me with a gift card also, but no other compensation.  All opinions expressed are mine, baby. All mine. This giveaway is easy to enter as long as you live in the US. Giveaway closes on March 30th. Subscribe if you don't want to miss the announcement of the winner or tune in on March 31st to see if you won! (And please, if you have a common name, you need to give me a hint like Sue from Sioux City or something like that, or an email address to reach you) The winner will be chosen by a Random Number Generator! So now, to enter: (dahdah, dah, dah, de DAH!) Enter once by leaving me a comment and telling me what your favorite St Patrick's Day recipe is! Enter again by following me on Pinterest or Facebook or Twitter. I'd love you to subscribe. Hey, I'll give you 2 entries for subscribing!


Irish Corned Beef, Potato and Cabbage Pie
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time: 45 minutes prep, 40 minutes to bake

Ingredients:

1 package of Tater Tots, thawed
1 egg
1/4 c of finely chopped onion

Filling:
1 T oil
2 T butter
2 c chopped leeks
3 c chopped cabbage
1/4 c chopped onion
1/4 t salt
1 t thyme leaves
1/2 lb sliced deli corned beef, chopped
1 1/2 T spicy brown mustard
1/2 t black pepper
1 c Guinness or other dark beer

3 eggs
1/2 c milk
1/2 c half and half
2 t spicy mustard 

1 1/2 c shredded stout cheddar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400. Oil a pie plate. Mix tater tots with egg and onion. Mush it up and press it into pie plate. Bake about 20 minutes and then brush with a little more oil. Bake about another 20 minutes until crisp. Remove from oven and reduce oven to 375.

Heat butter and oil in a large saute pan until hot. Add leeks and cabbage and onion. Saute about 20 minutes over medium heat until golden. Stir in salt and thyme, mustard and pepper. Add corned beef. Cook a few minutes and then use the beer to deglaze pan. Bring up to a simmer and simmer until most liquid has evaporated. 

Combine eggs, milk, cream, and mustard in a large bowl. Beat until well mixed. Stir in cooled cabbage and corned beef mixture. Sprinkle half of the cheese on the bottom of the potato crust. Pour in corned beef filling. Top with other half of cheese. Bake at 375  for 35-40 minutes.

Slainte!

More fun food to try:
Shrimp and Grits
Crispy Chipotle Shrimp and Corn
Barbecued Shrimp Cajun Style
Spinach Salad with Za'atar, Dates and Almonds
Green Onion Garlic Chive Skillet Bread
King Cake
Cajun Potatoes
White Fish with Mushrooms and Browned Butter









90 comments:

  1. my fave is my mom's Irish Lasagna!

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  2. I make a corned beef and cabbage appetizer spread that is delicious.

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  6. this looks so good, Abbe! Every year i want to celebrate St. Pat's day with food here at the house, and every year i'm met with Mr. Table's protests about corned beef and (most especially) cabbage. so i either make it for myself, or skip it entirely. I never skip the soda bread part of it, however. :) that would just be crazy. happy st. patrick's day to you!

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  7. i like to bake irish soda bread on st patricks day for the family
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  9. Fun dish! I don't often do the whole corned beef and cabbage meal because it's too much (although I do love to do hash with the leftovers). This is a way to get all the great flavors I crave in a manageable way. Easy dish, loads of flavor -- what else do I want? Well, I'm with the manservant: An egg (fried or poached) would have made a lovely garnish. ;-) Good stuff -- thanks.

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  10. I like Green Velvet Cheesecake Cake for St. Patrick's Day

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  14. My favorite is the traditional corned beef with cabbage, carrots and potatoes. I only have it around this special day!

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  21. I sure like your all in one pie!! It looks really good and has all the things I like...well maybe not the Guiness since I don't drink :) For sure, st Patricks day is celebrated here in the US with a lot more gusto than the UK! Growing up I never did anything or even really hear about it. It's not until I came here that all the green showed up. I guess my favourite Irish foods are probably the similar British things I ate growing up. I do love cabbage and colcannon, and the English version known as bubble and squeak. I do like corned beef and potatoes!! So, yeah, I like a lot of Irish food. I hope your mom is better, wishing her a speedy recovery. Fancy driving up to Broomfield for lunch one day? I'm cooking!

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  22. A hearty and beautiful pie, Abbe. I would love some now with my soda bread.

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  23. Just saw this on G+ and had to stop by to say how creative and beautiful this is - my husband would go nuts for this!

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  24. You made a great meal with this pie and even more impressive that it was a last minute thought. I love the thought of a crisp potato crust. I hope your mother is doing well and has a quick recovery.

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  25. I don't know if I'd want to catch a leprechaun. I hear they are pretty grumpy! I guess it might be worth it for that pot of gold. Speaking of gold, this dish looks wonderful! I jumped the gun a bit and cooked some corned beef early and now I need to repurpose the leftovers for St. Patrick's Day. This is perfect! Thanks!

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  26. Irish or not I could love this pie - for any meal of the day. Sounds perfect and looks lovely!

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  27. This looks like a hearty dish that could be served any time of day! I went to a Catholic high school and am not particularly religious. There were all different kinds of people at my school. Some in the area did not seem nearly as welcoming though!

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  28. I wish Bill would eat corned beef! Maybe I just need to buy some at the deli and get my fix with a sandwich :) Though your pie looks awfully good to me!

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  29. That's a delightful dish, Abbe. I would share that with you anytime.

    I went to an all-girls Catholic school complete with nuns for teachers and really small class sizes. I got a great education and it didn't take all that long to rid myself of Catholic guilt. :)

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  30. St. Patrick's Day fave food? Good question! I'd take any potato recipe whether Irish or not. Hope that qualifies. Following you via email and Pinterest (@miabellavita). Thanks for such a nice giveaway for those Whole Food fanatics! PS.....Did I say that your recipe sounds wonderful? It must be on the menu soon!

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  35. I usually don't like Irish food, unless the Shamrock shake from McDonalds count! Although I do like Irish soda bread.

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  36. In love my mom's irish soda bread - so yummy!!

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  38. My favorite thing to make for St. Patricks day is Reuben sandwiches, which is on the menu for this week. your recipe sounds good.

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  39. Your casserole sounds delicious. My favorite thing to make for St Patrick's day are Reuben sandwiches with lots of sauerkraut.

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  42. This looks so delicious! Pinning this one for a rainy day. Happy St. Patty's Day!

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  45. YUM Abbe!! What a wonderful recipe! Our favorite thing has always been the corned beef sandwiches with mustard and cold slaw for dinner and some Irish bread with coffee in the morning as part of our breakfast. What a generous giveaway! Have a wonderful Happy St. Patty's Day!

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  46. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    I just had Irish soda bread - with golden raisins and caraway yesterday - it was INCREDIBLE!

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  48. I hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day, Abbe. I cooked a boiled dinner today, with, coincidentally, a Whole Foods corned beef brisket.There's hash in my future, as well as a Reuben sandwich - or two. This pie of yours, though, has me re-thinking my leftover plans. It does sound tasty.

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  49. DROOLING!! Oh man, I need five of these :)

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    Hi, I just subscribed to your blog and look forward to enjoying your delicious recipes. (Yay...2 points for me in the giveaway plus one for this comment!) This pie looks great with all the different elements of Irish ingredients. Nice to see something besides the ordinary or expected. This pie sounds like something to celebrate!

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  51. Sciatica pain! oh god bless on that, so painful.
    I think my fav was the hoisin glazed corned beef I made 3 years ago? So good.

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  52. Leprechaun traps! Yep – totally been there! My daughter’s kindergarten teacher was a marvelously eccentric, creative teacher and that year held many, many wonderful outside-of-the-box projects … including leprechaun traps! Allegedly, one of the groups in my daughter’s class ALMOST caught a real leprechaun (there was evidence – wink, wink!!!!). My kids continued making their own leprechaun traps at home for years afterward (and so yes, I am also well acquainted with things like metallic confetti shamrocks :D)! Anyway … I think this is the most unique, enticing recipe for corned beef I’ve seen yet (and high-five for working in some Guiness!!). :D

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  54. We make green-colored brownies, although I also like making more traditional dishes like Irish soda bread.

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  55. Although not traditional Irish fare, we love making green pancakes every St. Patricks Day! I also love Irish Soda bread.

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  67. I wore plaid most of my high (catholic) school years too! I don't think I ever had corned beef tough, but this sounds interesting Abbe!

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