Thursday, March 18, 2010
My St. Paddie's Day Traditions...
First, I must admit to no Irish blood in me whatsoever! However, over the years I did a number of different things in keeping with the spirit of the day..
As most of you know by now, I was an outside sales rep for most of my career. For years, I had a Kelly green blazer sport coat I wore for many years on St. Paddy's Day, and would try to make it to a couple of pubs in the afternoon for Irish music, and green beer..A private club I've belonged to for 20+ years would have an all day party, serving food, drinks, and various bands playing for listening or dancing (noon til midnight!)..We would go down there for Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, or a Reuben(which really isn't Irish!).
The last few years, I try to stay away from all day parties- I'm just not that young and stupid anymore! What I do now days is cook my own corned beef, and make a killer Reuben sandwich! My version is as traditional as I can make it, and I look forward to it for days..
Cook corned beef in the oven 325F, covered with water, seasoned, for 1 hour per pound of meat. I then cool it for ease of cutting thinly..
I make a Russian Dressing from Thousand Island dressing, ketchup, horseradish, and pickle relish
I use store bought sauerkraut, mix it with the dressing, top with Swiss cheese and a layer of sliced corned beef. We use marbled Rye bread, toasting the whole sandwich until cheese begins to melt lightly.
It seems like a lot of work, but I enjoy doing my own corned beef- you can just buy it at the deli for a time saver! Hope you had a good day too- tell me about it!
P.S.-There is a real good chance I will make Reuben soup with left overs...