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Top o’ the mornin’…. Er, afternoon! Who’s ready for a melt in your mouth Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner for St. Patrick’s Day? Contrary to what you may believe, our family is mostly Irish. I know, we have a German last name, but the majority of our blood heritage is of Irish descent in both of our families. While we don’t go “all out” for St. Patrick’s day in our home, we ALWAYS have an Irish dinner and just a few fun activities for the kids followed by a lesson in our homeschool.
Those who have enjoyed the meal with us in the past always fell in love with it immediately, including those who don’t normally like Corned Beef and Cabbage. I thought as a treat, I would share my husband’s recipe with all of you today, just in case you aren’t sure what to do with the brisket you bought at the supermarket.
Now, I want to make a disclaimer first: This is my husband Bobby’s corned beef brisket & dinner recipe. He rarely uses recipes from anyone else, just creating as he goes. He also does not believe in measurements and eye balls every ingredient he uses. I am relaying this as best as I can to you from a very confusing email he sent to me as he didn’t want to stand over my shoulder as I typed it all out. 😉 If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll answer you as soon as I can.
Cube the carrots, celery, & onions in 1/2 and then again until small pieces. The potatoes get halved or quartered, depending on size. Mix all of the veggies together and then line each crock pot with the mix to cover about 2 inches of the bottom of the pot. Place the brisket on top of the mixture, fatty side UP. Pour all liquid from the package into the crock pot. (Only do the following seasoning mixture if you have not brined the meat yourself.) Now open the packet of seasonings and sprinkle it on top of the meat. Do the same with all of the other seasonings listed above. Fill the crock pot with water. Set heat to HIGH. 8 to 12 hours later, the brisket is ready to come out. You’ll find the low heat (compared to other cooking methods) and the extended cooking time really breaks down the fats in the meat and makes for a very tender flavorful cut.
Bobby also requests that I add this note, in case you want to make the full dinner that we prepare:
We usually also have roasted red potatoes – halved and tossed with garlic, onion, olive oil, salt and pepper. That goes in the oven for about 60 to 90 minutes before the brisket is done. I’m also a fan of cabbage. Core it, chop it up, bring it to a boil. At this point it should be tender, but not mushy. Then drain it and finish it in a frying pan with some butter, salt and pepper.
I highly recommend the cabbage. Mmm… I’m starting to get REALLY excited for tomorrow! If you are interested, I have created 2 boards on Pinterest for St. Patrick’s Day:
How about you? Do you have any traditions or fun recipes that you use in your home to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? I’d love to hear about them!
Once upon a time I cooked. A lot.
Then I became pregnant with my 5th child. For about 1 year now my poor husband has been running our kitchen. He works all day and then comes home and makes dinner most nights.
I hate it.
Don’t get me wrong, the man can seriously cook. I mean really well too. Some of the best food I’ve ever had! But it’s supposed to be MY job, and I really miss that.
Now that my baby is nearly 4 months old, I’ve been able to take the kitchen back little by little. One way I’ve been doing this is no surprise to those who know me well. My Crock Pot! (Okay, Crock Pots. I have 2…) I can throw dinner in and go on to play with the kids and teach their lessons and maybe even clean a little while dinner prepares itself. Then after, the clean up is simple!
Today I have pork chops covered in cream of mushroom soup and ketchup cooking. I know, sounded disgusting to me too, but I caved and made it another time and it wasn’t bad! Kinda good, actually!
Given that I’m homeschooling and dealing with an infant, I need to rely on my Crock Pot at least 1 or 2 days a week. I’m so happy that it has become trendy again, because now recipes are easier to find! I love making soups, roasts, pasta dishes, dressing, casseroles, meats, taco meat etc… There can never be too many Crock Pot recipes!
So what about you? What is your favorite dish for the slow cooker? Do you have a favorite book or website for recipes? Let’s share!