I'm not Irish by any stretch, but in my younger years, I was surrounded by them. A year never went by where I didn't play hooky from work to celebrate St. Patty's Day with my friends.
Getting an early start at Kid Sheleen's, then watching the parade, then walking over to the Logan House to dance Irish jigs. At some point hunger struck, and we ate Corned Beef and Cabbage in order to sop up the alcohol and continue the shenanigans. Those were the days! I certainly can't hang like that anymore, but I do love to have this traditional meal every year.
I love it because you throw it in the crockpot and get on with your day. So this *is* the perfect meal for those long days of imbibing.
Here we go:
- 1 beef brisket (with spice packet)
- 3-4 golden potatoes
- 3-4 carrots
- 1/2 head of cabbage (or more if you can fit it)
- 1/2 onion (not chopped)
- 1 pony bottle of beer (or half a beer)
- 2 cups of water
Set crockpot on LOW.
Add the beef brisket with the packet of spices to the crockpot, plus the water and the beer. Let cook for 2 hours then add the potatoes and carrots and onions. Let cook for 2 more hours and add the cabbage in quarters. Cook for 2-3 more hours or until meat/potatoes are tender.
(You can certainly put all of this in together and leave it all day, but the potatoes will be extra soft this way, and may not maintain shape.)
Serve with Irish Soda Bread! I got this beauty from Big Sky Bread Co.