Corned Beef and Cabbage

My wife and I aren't exactly Irish, but we both have siblings that married Irish people. So technically I guess that makes us Irish-in-laws.

But who's keeping track anyway? Irish or no, there's one dish I look forward to every year more than any other--Laura's corned beef and cabbage in the crockpot.

For most of the year we eat a pretty high-veggie, low-fat diet, and of course you've heard me rail against excess salt over and over again. But at this time of year--and fortunately it's only once a year--we pretty much abandon all restraint regarding both salt AND fat. Ah, sweet gluttony....

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Corned Beef and Cabbage
(The recipe below is a modified version from the recipe book that came with our crockpot)

6 carrots, cut into 3 inch pieces
3-4 lb corned beef brisket (you can trim some of the fat off, but good God, don't cut it all off!)
1 cup water

Put into crockpot and cook on high for 4 1/2 hours.

Then add:
4 potatoes, can be left unpeeled
1/2 head of cabbage cut into large wedges

Cook on high for an additional 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Note: If you're like me, and you want to include extra cabbage (meaning more than will fit into the crockpot itself), not to worry. You can cook it separately in a saucepan. Just wait until maybe 30 minutes before everything is done, take 1 to 1 1/2 cups of broth out of the crockpot, pour it over the remaining cabbage, and simmer in a covered saucepan for 20-30 minutes.


Anonymous said...

Great Recipe!
I might be a DAR the rest of the year, but EVERYONE is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

Éireann go Brách!!

Yours truly,
Mrs. Daniel Patrick O'Callaghan III

Daniel said...

What's a DAR?

Anonymous said...

Hmm....someone hasn't read their family tree. Daughters of the American Revolution????

Sally said...

I also make corned beef once a year, except I cook it low and slow in the oven -- just like brisket.

I'm not sure where I picked up this piece of information, but corned beef isn't Irish. Supposedly when the Irish immigrated to the US they couldn't find a certain cut of ham that they were used to cooking. Their Jewish neighbors introduced them to corned beef as a substitute.

Anonymous said...

Hey, next year add some cut up carrots when you add the cabbage and potatoes. It is so good with the carrots, trust me.