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Every year, I make a big St. Patrick’s Day meal. No, I am not Irish, I am also not Jewish, but that does not stop me from making a Hanukkah meal every year either. I really don’t know why,but maybe I just like themed meals. What I do know is that I love corned beef, but it is a bit pricey, so I don’t buy it very often! But right around St. Patrick’s Day, it is always on sale, so a while back I decided I was going to try cooking my own.
I went to the store and found the corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. As an added bonus, Publix carries Kerrygold Garlic and Herb butter.(which is Irish butter, if you didn’t know) I grabbed some of that and some Pepperidge Farm Pumpernickel bread. I wasn’t entirely sure how to cook corned beef, but from my experience those larger cuts of meat are ALWAYS better cooked slowly. So, I started searching the internet for Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipes.
I found this one and it was very simple. Here is the link to the original recipe Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
- 4 large carrots peeled and cut into matchstick pieces (I don't use carrots, however if you do don't waste your time cutting carrots into matchstick pieces, just buy them cut that way)
- 10 baby red potatoes quartered
- 1 onion peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 4 cups water
- 1 4 pound corned beef brisket with spice packet
- 6 ounces beer
- 1/2 head cabbage coarsely chopped
- Place the carrots, potatoes, and onion into the bottom of a slow cooker, pour in the water, and place the brisket on top of the vegetables.
- Pour the beer over the brisket.
- Sprinkle on the spices from the packet, cover, and set the cooker on High.
- Cook the brisket for about 8 hours.
- An hour before serving, stir in the cabbage and cook for 1 more hour.
For the bread, toast it in a toaster and spread the butter on. Oh my goodness, it is so, so good! Don’t skip this part, you will love it!
So as you can see from above this is not a last minute kind of meal, you need to plan ahead and get this going in the morning. But lucky for you, St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday this year! Have you ever made a St. Patrick’s Day meal before? If you decide to try it out this year, leave a comment and let me know how it goes!