I am not concerned that this is not a “traditional” Irish meal. Corned Beef and Cabbage with Potatoes is my personal St. Patrick’s Day tradition. I also make it for my Birthday meal and I find at least two other excuses to cook it through the year. This would more than likely be my “Last Meal” however it would compete with a Rib-eye, Baked Potato and Asparagus. Hopefully I would have a while to decide and could carefully write out the pro’s and con’s of each. Although I can’t really think of any con’s right now. Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day?
Last time I posted about Corned Beef and Cabbage someone asked me what is my favorite cut. I like the point cut because I like the fat. Flat cut is usually what is on sale and I look for the fattiest of those. If you like it with less fat the flat cut is better for you anyway.
Either way if you follow the instructions it will be delicious, I have been doing this for years and it never fails.
Last time I also failed to mention why you need the Vinegar. (Balsamic or Malt) After I dish up I drown my plate in it. Some people just like a few dabs on the cabbage, but I like mine drowning, and I really like mixing up the potatoes, cabbage and beef in order to get a little bit in each bite. But that’s just me.
Also last time I did not add a dessert, this time I wanted some sweet to celebrate the holiday. I decided upon a sweet alcoholic beverage and came up with a Chocolate Covered Cherry Baileys’ Milkshake! Check it out at the end of the post, it packs a punch.
I want to thank a few beautiful bloggers who gave me some great ideas in a search for the perfect dessert. Check out their posts too!
Irish Cupcakes over at Betty Cupcakes
Adult Irish Cream Cake Pops over at The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Blushing leprechauns over at For What it’s Worth
St. Patrick’s Day Parfait over at Coffee With Us 3
Thank you all! I think I might take the month of March to try and make all of them.
4 lbs Corned Beef Brisket (I purchased 2, 2 lb briskets, if you make more, just make sure beef is submerged in liquid in the crock pot) There should be a spice packet, add this in to the crock pot. If no packet add: 2 Bay leaves, 1 tsp Peppercorn, 1/2 tsp Mustard Seed, 1 tsp Minced Garlic, 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
24 Oz Budweiser Beer
1 tbs Olive Oil
1 cup of water – add more if beef is not totally submerged
Corned Beef – Put all ingredients in crock pot, cook on high ALL DAY, 6-8 hours is perfect. It will be done when it falls apart easily. Do not let the water reduce below the meat, it will dry out.
I do not cook my beef, cabbage and potatoes together. It blands the taste in my opinion and I like the combination of textures with the potatoes fried. Here is what I like to do:
Cabbage – Quarter and boil in water with 1 tbsp salt until leaves are soft and a darker green and fork tender to the center, strain and serve with butter, salt and pepper to taste. ** For a little extra kick, chop up cooked/strained cabbage and cook in a frying pan with a tbsp butter, salt and pepper to taste and 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar, cook until butter and vinegar are reduced, on medium heat. Note: in the photo you see a combo of green and purple (which turned blue in boiling) cabbage.
Red Potatoes – Wash and remove any stems or dark spots, keep the peels on. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes to an hour or until fork tender, cut all potatoes in 1/2 or quarters. Then cook in a large frying pan with 1/2 stick of butter, 1 tbsp chopped chives, 1 tbsp diced dill, 4 cloves crushed garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until they start to brown and then add 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. (You may need to add a little more butter) Keep cooking until browned, keep stirring potatoes so they cook evenly on all sides. In the picture above I forgot to quarter them, I wished I had because it soaks up all the flavor! Here is the picture from last time, see the difference?
4 lbs Corned Beef Brisket
24 Oz Budweiser Beer
1 tbs Olive Oil
1-2 Heads of Cabbage
5 lbs red potatoes
2 sticks of butter
Chives (fresh or dried)
Dill (Fresh or dried)
4 cloves of garlic
Salt & Pepper
Chocolate Covered Cherry Baileys’ Milkshake
3 Large scoops vanilla ice cream
3 cups milk
1 tbsp chocolate syrup
3 Moonshine cherries
2 shots Baileys’
Blend to desired thickness. For thicker milkshake add more ice cream and less milk.
Chocolate syrup lining the glass
Cherry on top
Are you doing anything fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
~Enjoy and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! May you live as long as you want, And never want as long as you live.