March 17, 2014

I-rish, You-rish, We All Wish We're Irish.

St. Patrick's Day is almost done now and I've been searching for the past week to determine whether or not I have any Irish in me. It now looks like my 9th great-grandfather, Joseph Pennock,* just may provide the link I'm hoping seems he came to America from Clonmel, Tipperary Parish (county), Ireland in 1685...but I still have to locate some sources (other than other family trees) to back that up. More on this later but for today, it'll have to do.

All that searching made me hungry and, as a nod to the day, I wanted to come up with an Irishy snack. I'm no expert on the cuisine of Ireland so I had to resort to the only Irish "dish" I know...corned beef sandwiches. I made a nice little quick snack of these mini grilled Reuben's using cocktail rye, Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut, corned beef, and Swiss.

Butter one side of bread then layer the ingredients...

add top piece and "grill" till cheese melts and bread is browned. 

(Mr. Johnson from Wisconsin and I ate these up quicker than a leprechaun dancing a jig!)

*For my Cain ancestors, this Irish link comes from Royal Cain's ancestral line and is just one of many fascinating details being discovered...more to come...till then, Happy St. Patrick's Day!