by Steven Doyle
Corned beef is made from brisket, a relatively inexpensive cut of beef. The meat goes through a long curing process using large grains of rock salt, or “corns” of salt, and a brine. It’s then slowly cooked, turning a tough cut of beef into one that’s super tender and flavorful.
Ireland was a major producer of salted meat, going back all the way to the Middle Ages and lasting through the 19th century. It wasn’t always called corned beef, though. That didn’t come until the 17th century when the English coined the term.
While Ireland produced large amounts of corned beef, it was nearly all for trade. Corned beef was considered a luxury, and much too expensive for the Irish to consume. Instead, they relied on dairy and pork, especially salt pork, a relative to bacon.
America’s association with corned beef as traditional Irish fare can be traced back to the 19th century and the Irish immigration to the U.S. While the newly immigrated Irish were used to eating salt pork back at home, its nearest counterpart, bacon, was prohibitively expensive in the U.S.
Their best option for a lower-cost meat was, you guessed it: corned beef. What was once a luxury item became a food that was now inexpensive and readily available. So it was the Irish-American consumption of corned beef that initiated its association with Ireland and the holiday of St. Patrick’s Day.
We have prepared a small list of some of our favorite corned beef dishes in the Dallas area. You have a few days before St Patrick’s to narrow down your favorite, and hope this helps a bit:
You thought Louie’s on Henderson just had divine pizza. Meet the Louie’a corned beef sandwich. If you think this looks good, you may also want to try their Reuben.
Kuby’s may be best known for the amazing sausages, but they give all meat priority service. They also do a mean Reuben and pastrami.
Cindi’s is a Dallas favorite for most things Deli including their corned beef.
Also home to our favorite burger, Off-Site Kitchen makes a mean corned beef.
We believe Crossroads Diner to have the very best corned beef hash found in our city. They also make a fine corned beef sandwich.
This is merely a serving suggestion at Deli News. You may find a gargantuan-sized corned beef sandwich on rye, corned beef hash, or even just a plate of corned beef and cabbage at our favorite Deli.
Trinity Hall is known for all things Irish including a delicious authentic Irish breakfast and this corned beef and cabbage. Be sure to stop here for a bit of luck.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church does an annual corned beef and cabbage feed each year, and also offers a Lenten fish fry for all those needing a quick blessing and a meal.