A Twist on Corned Beef + Cabbage

This month’s foodie selection as recommended by
Chef Mark Graves of Marko’s on 2nd, 135 S. 2nd St. in Decatur

Green shirts, green beer, corned beef and cabbage — it must be getting close to St. Patrick’s Day! On Tuesday, March 17, people of Irish descent (or not!) will be consuming mass amounts of green beer and corned beef and cabbage in honor of St. Patrick. For some people, it’s an all-day affair; waking early to prepare a slow-cooked hunk of corned beef to be nibbled on throughout the day, while sipping their Irish beer of choice. As the day goes on, the feast of meat and cabbage usually steers more toward drinks, forgetting about the corned beef and cabbage you just made for the masses. So rather than eating the some boring corned beef and cabbage leftovers all week, turn those leftovers into something a little more tasty!

Try the recipe below for a next-day meal—or, if hosting a St. Paddy’s Day party, this is a great appetizer. And, if you need a little hair of the dog after a long night of celebrating, why not wash down these egg rolls down with a local Irish Stout, Ring of Dingle made by Sun King Brewery? Or if you have had your fill on suds, may I recommended a nice Sonoma Pinot Noir, 2012 Matanzas Creek Pinot Noir?

Corned Beef & Cabbage Rueben Eggrolls

corned beef and cabbage rueben eggrolls6 oz. Corned Beef (Chopped)
2 cups Cooked Cabbage (Chopped)
1 cup Swiss Cheese (Shredded)
1 teaspoon Caraway Seed
8 Egg Roll Wrappers (7-inch, square)
1 1/2 quarts vegetable oil
Kosher salt and pepper to taste

• In a medium bowl, mix together the corned beef, cabbage, caraway seed and Swiss cheese. Season with Kosher salt and pepper.

• Lay egg roll wrappers on a dry surface, place 3/4 cup of the corned beef mixture in the center of each wrapper. Roll according to the directions on the package. Wet the edges of the wrapper to seal.

• Finally, using a fryer or stock pot, heat the vegetable oil to 375 degrees, carefully adding a few egg rolls at a time, fry for approximately five minutes or until golden brown.

Thousand Island Dipping Sauce

1/2 clove garlic (minced)
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chile sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons sweet relish
Pinch of cayenne pepper

• In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Re-season with kosher salt and pepper.

Pairs Well With…

sun king brewerymatanzas creek vineyardSun King Brewery is located in Indianapolis. This brewery is quickly becoming a powerhouse of the microbrew scene with its year-round and seasonal brews. The “Ring of Dingle” Irish stout is a rich and toasty dry stout with a clean finish; it’s been racking up awards from the World Beer Cup to the Great American Beer Fest.

Matanzas Creek Vineyard is located in Sonoma, CA. For a vineyard known for their white wine production, their 2012 Pinot Noir proves they know a great deal about making a great red also! The 2012 Matanzas Creek Pinot Noir has notes of red raspberry, strawberry, clove and cinnamon. This pinot retails for around $50, and is worth every cent.

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