Tasty Thursday: Corned Beef and Cabbage

Top of the morning to you! If you hadn't heard, Saturday is Saint Patrick's Day, which calls for celebration! No, I don't mean going off and drinking green beer (although a pint of Guinness may be tasty...but only one!). No, I mean enjoying the day by making lots of corned beef and cabbage! It's so tasty, and many an Irishmen will consume their corned beef, cabbage and other tasty veggies. How can you not enjoy the tastiness of a good corned beef dish with all the fixings? My answer...you can't.

If you've been following my Tasty Thursdays at all, you should know by now that I love my slow cooker. You can't really beat throwing food in a pot and leaving it to cook throughout the day. When you come home, your house smells like meat heaven and your food is done with little work for you to do. Slow cookers are probably one of the greatest kitchen inventions known to man (other then the Salad Shooter) so in honor of my favorite appliance, here is a tasty slow cooked corned beef and cabbage recipe. You will need:

  • 2 stalks celery, halved
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 medium onion, cut in 4 wedges
  • 4 to 6 red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 4-pound corned beef brisket
  • 12-ounce bottle stout or dark ale(I suggest Guinness...in honor of St Patrick)
  • 1 tablespoon corned beef spices or pickling spices (or spices that come with the brisket)
  • 1 medium head cabbage, cut into 6 wedges

First place your veggies on the bottom of your pot and then add the corned beef on top. Add the stout, and also enough water to just cover the meat. Place the slow cooker on low heat and let it cook for 8-9 hours. After the beef is cooked, remove it from the pot and place on the side (maybe in something that will keep it warm) and turn your slow cooker on high. Cook the remaining cabbage for 20-30 minutes in order to make sure it is still crunch, but not raw. After that, serve that bad boy up and watch your friends and family say, "Dang (insert name), You're an amazing cook!"

Here's a link to the full recipe, which you will definitely want for Saturday's dinner. Oh, I also checked for you...corned beef is on sale this week so it's even more affordable. YES! Go get some today, and make your family proud!

What are you doing for St. Patrick's Day?

Seth P.