You know what time it is! Irish or not, it is time to get your Irish on with some corned beef and cabbage. It is March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day, a day to pay homage to the Patron Saint of Ireland, the Irish and all things Irish. Of course, this means we must indulge in those Irish staples we all hear about like corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, Irish cheddar cheese, and Guinness. With shamrocks, green shirts, Irish luck and a Guinness in hand, to make this day the ultimate day in honoring Ireland get your corned beef on early, so it is good and ready after your celebrations.
Lizzy M.'s Corned Beef and Cabbage
2.5-3 lb uncooked corned beef brisket (usually includes spices and pickling seasonings)
1 can or bottle of beer
2-3 large carrots, cut into large chunks
5-7 small red potatoes, cut into large chunks or kept whole
3 small yellow onions, cut into large chunks
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp garlic powder
2 bay leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
4-6 cups water
1 large head of green cabbage, cut into large pieces
1. In a large crock pot, add the corned beef, seasoned side up. Add the beer over the corned beef. Next, pile the vegetables on top with the garlic powder, a pinch of salt and pepper and water. The water should almost cover the corned beef.
2. Turn the crock pot on low and cook for 7-8 hours or until fork tender.
3. When it is almost dinner time. Remove the corned beef on a large cutting board or plate. Trim off any fat on the underside of the beef. Pull a part gently with a fork.
4. In a large pot, ladle in about 6-7 ladles full of the liquid left in the crock pot. Bring to a simmer on low heat and add in the green cabbage. With tongs mix the cabbage, so it is well coated in the liquid. Cover and simmer for about 7 minutes until tender but don't overcook.
5. Serve each plate with a generous serving of corned beef, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage.
No matter what your background is, you are sure to love this Irish staple. Enjoy this hearty meal while wearing your green (so you don't get pinched) to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Get your Irish on!