It’s St. Patrick’s Day and for a lot of Americans that means making what they believe is a classic Irish meal: corned beef and cabbage. But here’s the thing, that dish isn’t actually Irish. In Ireland, they don't eat corned beef. It’s actually made with Irish-style back bacon, and cabbage
So where did corned beef and cabbage come from? When Irish immigrants arrived in New York City in the 1800s, they couldn’t find their traditional back bacon, but there was plenty of corned beef. It was a cheap swap, so it caught on and became a new version of the Irish dish.