In this special weekly feature, “Today” food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much money you can save — and fun you can have — by cooking these dishes at home!
THIS WEEK: Corned Beef and Cabbage, from Mannion’s Restaurant in Quincy, Mass.
With St. Patrick’s Day on the way, the unmistakable aroma of corned beef and cabbage starts to fill the air. And what better place to go for this traditional treat than that most Irish of American cities, Boston, and in particular to Mannion’s Family Restaurant, located in the southern suburb of Quincy?
Can’t make it to Massachussetts? Well, your luck’s in — we’ve “stolen” their recipe, which is so deliciously Irish, you’ll want to kiss the cook!
About the chef:
Patrick Mannion grew up about as Irish as they come, in Ros Muc, a Gaelic-speaking village in Connemara, on the coast of Galway. He left Ireland at 15 and worked in England for a few years before settling down in the Boston area.
In 2002, he opened Mannion's Family Restaurant in Quincy, Mass., where he features a variety of Irish foods such as the Traditional Irish Breakfast, Irish Boiled Dinner (bacon and cabbage), Irish Sausage, Curry Fries and Guinness Beef Stew. In addition, he runs a bakery on the side featuring Irish brown bread, Irish raisin soda bread, scones, muffins, cheesecakes, carrot cakes and Irish Fruit Cake (also known as Irish Christmas Cake or the Irish Wedding Cake).
In 2004, he opened Mannion's Bakery & Cafe in nearby Walpole, where he sells a full line of Irish confections and meals to go.
Mannion says he learned his craft primarily at the apron of his mother, Mary, watching and helping as she made breads, cakes and scones. He is the oldest of 11 children, so Mary was baking lots of breads and scones!
(PLEASE NOTE: Ingredient prices are estimates and based on national averages. Amounts listed are for four portions. Increase proportionately according to number of portions desired.)
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Mannion's Family Restaurant
378 Granite Street
Quincy, Mass., 02169
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