One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Beef brisket cured in brine and boiled, served hot typically with cabbage, or cold, sliced for sandwiches.
- ‘I love my reubens and I love my corned beef and cabbage and all that good stuff.’
- ‘Everything was tasty and dependable, but not as good as 2nd Ave. soup or Katz's corned beef.’
- ‘At least we knew there would be a feast that evening - corned beef and fried chicken with mango ice cream for dessert.’
- ‘They're best with cold meat, even the humble but satisfying corned beef.’
- ‘During the Napoleonic wars the British army was supplied principally with corned beef which was cured in and exported from the port of Cork.’
- ‘We brought wine and Ruth provided a huge dish of corned beef and beans and vegetables, ‘nourishing stew’, I think a friend called it.’
- ‘She ordered one of her favorite meals - corned beef and cabbage.’
- ‘A secretary in this building brought in enough corned beef and cabbage for everyone to enjoy a nice Irish lunch.’
- ‘This unctuous purée is good served with barbecued lamb cutlets and a green salad, or with cold corned beef or ham.’
- ‘Then one day you chomp a Reuben and your front teeth stay in the corned beef.’
- ‘I'd been in the middle of preparing one of our favourite meals: cauliflower cheese garnished with crispy bacon, served with sliced cold corned beef and good quality boiled potatoes.’
- ‘I hiked over to the Carnegie Deli on 7th and got us chicken soup, potato salad, soft drinks and a couple of corned beef sandwiches the size of Pontiacs.’
- ‘And it wanted to outfit its plants with facilities for preparing cooked meats like pastrami, corned beef, and kabobs.’
- ‘Irish immigrants living in New York City's Lower East Side substituted more economical corned beef for their traditional dish of Irish bacon, borrowing the idea from their Jewish neighbors.’
- ‘We made a date, after I assured him that corned beef would be satisfactory.’
- ‘This time, her mother had given her corned beef.’
- ‘It's not easy to find corned beef that isn't heavily salted.’
- ‘Zone in on those oversized sandwiches built with hot corned beef or pastrami served on soft, sturdy, seedless rye.’
- ‘If you're in the mood for corned beef and cabbage but don't have time to slowly simmer the beef, try using sausage instead.’
- ‘Come March 17, many Americans and other people around the world will don green clothes, dine on corned beef and cabbage, and quench their thirst with a pint of Guinness Stout.’
Early 17th century: corned, in the sense ‘preserved in salt water’, + beef.
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