Monday, March 12, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Rossipe

St. Patrick's Day is Saturday. Do you cook a traditional Irish meal once a year? My Italian mother married an Irish man. She was the only one of the five Rossi sisters who did not marry another Italian. My dad loved her family recipes, but he missed the Irish fare his mother served. So, my mom learned how to make corned beef early in her marriage and it became a staple on St. Patrick's Day in our home.

A New England Boiled Dinner is another term my mom used for "Corned Beef and Cabbage." But my favorite part of the meal is using the leftover meat the next day in a Reuben Sandwich.

My mom and dad on their wedding day in the late 30s

In Rossipes (along with how to make corned beef) is my recipe for a simple 1000 Island Dressing,
a must-have for a good reuben.

1000 Island Salad Dressing

1 cup good-quality mayonnaise
1/2 cup bottled chili sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, chili sauce, ketchup and relish until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Use now or store covered in the refrigerator for several days.

To make a reuben sandwich:

corned beef slices
Swiss cheese
good sauerkraut
1000 dressing
rye bread: seeded, seedless, or marble* (I prefer seedless)

Butter two slices of bread, add dressing, swiss cheese, corned beef, and sauerkraut - Grill and Enjoy!

*Speaking of marble rye - one of the funniest episodes ever of Seinfeld was called "The Rye" - do you remember that one?  Good Stuff!
St. Patrick's Day
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