Grandma’s Irish Boiled Dinner with Ham Recipe
My grandma’s boiled ham dinner was one of my favorite meals she made. I’ve heard it called Irish boiled dinner and New England boiled dinner. Frankly, they both look the same to me. Since we’re neither Irish (update: this is not true! I found out that I am part Irish thanks to Ancestry.com.) nor from New England (who knows? maybe I am from there too!), it’s just boiled dinner to me. Since St. Patrick’s Day will soon be upon us, this is going to be “Irish” boiled dinner today.
Veggies for the boiled dinner with ham
I started making this in the exact same blue cast iron pot that I got from my grandma, but it ended up being too small to fit everything in it. I probably used too many vegetables, so I ended up having to transfer it into another pot. Just figure you’re going to need a big pot for this boiled dinner with ham if you use as many vegetables as I did.
I love using baby carrots because I don’t have to do anything except dump them in which is what I did here. I’m sure my grandma peeled (actually she scraped carrots with a knife instead of a peeler) whole carrots and cut them up. Ah, the good old days.
I cut up 2 onions into chunks. The next time I make this I’m going to add more. I just love cooked onions!
I think this is where I added too many vegetables. Or maybe I didn’t cut the potatoes small enough. I’m not sure. I used 4 medium sized potatoes, so the next time I think I’ll use 2 or 3. We never end up eating all of the potatoes anyway.
Here is where everything had to get dumped into a bigger pot. I used about half of a smallish cabbage and just cut it into chunks. I feel like Grandma added more cabbage to hers than this, but it’s been a long time since I last had this boiled dinner with ham made by her hands.
I bought a precooked ham piece and just cut it into big chunks and threw it in. Since it was precooked, I didn’t have to cook it first like the traditional Irish or New England dinners that use corned beef do. I never even knew what corned beef was until I was in my thirties! I’m still not quite sure what it is, but I have had it on Reuben sandwiches.
Then I just covered everything almost to the top with water and added a tablespoon of salt to the cooking water. Put the lid on, bring the meal to a boil, and cook it until it is done. This boiled ham dinner is so good and brings back great memories.
Grandma’s “Irish” Boiled Dinner Recipe
I love my grandma's boiled dinner with ham. I've heard it called Irish boiled dinner and New England boiled dinner. Frankly, they both look the same to me.This is delicious, so give it a try!
- Cut up all of the ingredients and place in a large pot
- Cover with water
- Salt water
- Bring to a boil
- Simmer on low until done, about 45 minutes
Do you make Irish boiled dinner?
Have you made boiled dinner with ham? What do you call it? What’s a recipe your grandma made that you love? Let me know in the comments! I love hearing from you!