Enjoy garlic butter burgers with carrots, vegetable mash
People always ask it around this time of year: “Are you even Irish?”
So, let’s get this out of the way.
My mom’s maiden name is McKeown, folks. While I haven’t gone on ancestry.com and done a deep dive into either side of my family, it’s safe to say there is some Irish in my blood.
My sister actually traveled to Ireland a few years back with our aunt and uncle. That’s got to score me some Irish points, too, right? I mean, I wasn’t there, but I know people who were there. ... So, there.
Anyway, everyone’s go-to meal around St. Patrick’s Day seems to be corned beef and cabbage. I wanted to try to create something a little different – a hearty meal that my Irish ancestors would be proud of, keeping the colors of the Irish flag in mind.
Don’t get me wrong, corned beef and cabbage is good. My wife, daughter and I are actually going to have some this weekend at my father-in-law’s house. Well, my daughter is 4 months old, so she’ll just stare at us while we’re eating it.
Seriously, she stares at us while we’re eating. It’s hilarious.
The dinner I speak of here – which she also stared at – featured garlic butter burger sliders, topped with a little shredded cheese and grilled onions.
On the side, were ribbon-cut carrots with dill, which kind of had the same look as sauteed cabbage and represented the orange in the Irish flag.
Don’t worry, there was some green on the plate, too! Rounding out the meal was a tasty cauliflower and broccoli mash, topped with green onions.
So, by all means, enjoy the corned beef and cabbage this weekend (I know I will), but if you’ve got two St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to attend, this meal is just a suggestion to help change it up a bit!