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Thursday, March 29, 2012

St Patty's Day Feast

Not the greatest photo, but boy oh boy was this the greatest meal!
I was introduced to this traditional meal by my uncle Dug two years ago on St. Patty's day, and wow was my whole world opened up after tasting this!
I had never had corned beef, except for the cold cuts that you can buy at the grocery store. 
This corned beef is incredible, its easy to make and the taste is absolutely unbelievable!
I could sit here and type about how I dream about this on a weekly basis, how I drool when looking at the photos or about how if marrying a slab of beef was possible I would probably do it...OR you could make this for yourself and you would just KNOW exactly what I mean.
I know that St. Patrick's day is still approx. 11 months away, but who says you can't make corned beef and cabbage on a monthly basis? 
I accompanied this meal with some boiled red potatoes and an incredible Irish Soda bread, that Rylie proceeded to enjoy all to herself the morning after this meal...I would be lying if I said I didn't almost shed a tear when I saw the crumbs lying about the kitchen floor.  Disaster!
This recipe comes out of an old crock pot cookbook, if you don't have it, you should!
Mike Roy's Crock Cookery
Corned Beef and Cabbage
1  3-4lb corned beef
2 cups water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp pickling spice
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp horseradish
1 onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 head cabbage

Place corned beef in the crock cooker.
Mix together the water and all ingredients except cabbage.
Pour mixture over meat.
Cover and cook at Love for 10-12 hours.  Remove corned beef and keep it warm.
Strain juice, and return ti to the cooker along with cabbage which has been cut in wedges.
Cover and cook on High for 20-30 min, or until the cabbage is done. 
Serves 6.

Irish Soda Bread recipe here, I left out the orange zest and currants. 
BE SURE NOT TO OVERMIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OR OVER-KNEAD!!!!!!!!!!!

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