Monday, March 14, 2011

Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

St. Patrick's Day is just three days away. Here's an easy crock pot recipe for a traditional Irish feast, Corned Beef and Cabbage.

Here's the stats:

Prep. Time: Not bad at all.

Cook Time: 8 hours and 30 minutes

Feeds: At least 5 or 6

Cost per person: Right around $2.50

Here's What You Need:

1 1/2 lbs. small red potatoes
4 cloves of garlic, chopped up
1 3-4 lb. corned beef brisket, rinsed and trimmed (Make sure you get one that comes with the little seasoning packet, most do.)
Apple juice
4 whole cloves
1 small yellow onion, quartered
24 baby carrots
1 small white cabbage, cut into 8 wedges

Here's What You Do:

1) Plop your potatoes and garlic in the bottom of your crock pot. I don't peel my red potatoes, you can if you want. I think it gives the meal a little more color. To each her own. :)  Place corned beef brisket on top of potatoes and garlic. (Trim most of the fat off the meat before you put it in the crock pot. The apple juice will serve as a broth for the vegetables and will flavor both the veggies and the meat itself. If you leave too much fat on, it'll get greasy and gross.)

2)  Quarter onion, stick a clove in each quarter, place onions in rock pot. Pour in just enough apple juice to cover the meat. If you think apple juice is weird, you can use water, but I promise you it's delicious with the apple juice. Cover and cook on Low until nice and tender, usually around 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 hours. 

3) Once the meat has cooked, remove it from the crock pot, plop it on a cutting board and cover it with foil to keep it warm. Scoop potatoes out of the crock pot, put them in a bowl and cover with foil to keep them warm also.  Add cabbage and carrots to crock pot, put the lid back on and put that baby on High. Cook until the cabbage and carrots have softened, anywhere from 1/2 hour to an hour depending on your crock pot. 

4) You can throw the potatoes and corned beef back in towards the end of cooking (10-15 minutes before the cabbage and carrots are done) to heat them back up if you like.Be sure to cut the corned beef across the grain when it's ready to be served. 

May those who love us, love us. 
And for those who don't love us, 
May God turn their hearts.
And if he cannot turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we may know them by their limping.  

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