On this side of the Atlantic, corned beef and cabbage may be about as Irish as a dish gets, but according to Darina Allen author of Forgotten Skills of Cooking bacon and cabbage is Ireland's national dish. It calls for whole loin bacon, a British Isles export, which is cooked along with the cabbage, sliced before serving, and paired with a creamy parsley sauce.
Thin slices of Irish bacon require no added flavor or fat during cooking. They do, however, become even more enticing when sauteed in butter and oil. Serve bacon and oven-roasted potatoes alongside eggs fried in the pan drippings.