Corned Beef Dip

St. Patrick’s Day: Corned Beef Dip

Cruisers love any excuse for a get-together with friends!  And holidays are even better, because they give a theme for the food.  But what do you do for St. Patrick’s Day, when the only corned beef you can find is in a can?

That was our dilemma in the Sea of Cortez.  While some members of Club Cruceros de La Paz corned their own for a club dinner (and directions for doing this are in  The Boat Galley Cookbook – it was missed in the index but follows New England Boiled Dinner, aka Corned Beer and Cabbage, page 270), I opted for an easier solution for a cocktail party aboard.

I could find canned corn beef almost everywhere, and this is a wonderful dip even for other occasions.  For St. Patrick’s Day, serve with green beer, green ginger ale or green Sprite by adding a few drops of green food coloring to your favorite beverage (the lightest colored drinks will pick up the green color best; dark beer won’t look green).  Serve the drinks in clear glasses for the best effect.

Creamy Corned Beef Dip
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 6 – 12
Great for St. Patrick’s Day — serve with green beer or green Sprite by adding a few drops of food coloring to any light-colored drink
  • 1 can corned beef
  • 2 to 4 cups total of mayonnaise and/or sour cream (Miracle Whip is not as satisfactory, but can be used)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons finely minced onion OR 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Mash up the corned beef in a bowl. Add other ingredients and mix well.
  2. This can be made up ahead of time and refrigerated until serving time — in fact, I like it better.
  3. Serve with crackers, tortilla chips, or chunks of bread (you may need to thin it slightly with milk to make it “scoopable” with bread). For a special presentation, serve it in a bread bowl — it’s particularly good with rye bread.

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  • Mid-Life Cruising!
    Posted at 19 March 2012 Reply

    These sounds so easy .. and good! Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Sue Klumb on Facebook
    Posted at 10 March 2013 Reply

    That’s a great dip idea Carolyn! I make a similar one, but I use Liver Sausage and mayonnaise and spices and dried parsley…

  • The Boat Galley on Facebook
    Posted at 10 March 2013 Reply

    Dave would love that! Have to admit, I’m not a big liver fan, but he is!

  • Sue Klumb on Facebook
    Posted at 10 March 2013 Reply

    Here it is the other way around…Rick doesn’t care much for liver sausage, but I like it!

  • Maggie Hale
    Posted at 09 March 2014 Reply

    So glad you color your beer green too! I had the green food coloring on board Sunday’s Child when we were cruising over st. Paddys day.

  • Janelle
    Posted at 11 March 2014 Reply

    YUM! What a great idea to use up corned beef!

  • Dave Skolnick (S/V Auspicious)
    Posted at 10 December 2015 Reply

    I think I would sear the corned beef a bit before letting it cool and adding the sour cream. The idea is brilliant and I’ll try it the next time Janet is out of town. Corned beef is comfort food for me, but she thinks it resembles cat food. *sigh*

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