Monday, March 15, 2010

Make It Cheap Monday - St. Patty's Day Dinner!

Here's a recipe that would be great to make for St. Patty's Day on Wednesday. It's super delicious and also super economical this time of year because you can generally find corned beef briskets on sale for 1.50-2.50/lb. It's traditionally served up with mashed potatoes and cabbage, which are pretty much the most budget-friendly sides you can find this time of year.

I just made this meal for my husband's birthday dinner last night because it's his hands-down favorite thing I make. Last night he pretty much couldn't stop saying good things about it. I almost felt like it was my birthday. :)

This is generally how the corned beef is packaged in your grocery store's meat section. There are two standard cuts of corned beef brisket: point cut and flat cut. Point cut is less expensive but it is also fattier so I tend to stick with the flat cut. 

Inside the meat packet, you'll find a little pouch of seasoning. I don't know for sure what is in this stuff but I can tell you that it is the perfect blend of spices for this recipe.

Place your beef in a crockpot, fatty side up. Sprinkle the entire contents of the spice packet over the top.

Pour water into the crockpot.

You'll want enough water to completely cover the beef.

Cook on the "low" setting of your crockpot for 8-9 hours.

After the meat has finished cooking, remove it from the crockpot and place it in a covered dish to keep warm.

Now grab a head of cabbage.

My dream last night had cabbage in it...weird.

Chop that sucker into quaters, removing the tough core from the center.

Place the quartered cabbage in to the crockpot your beef just came out of. Allow it to cook, still set to "low," for about 20 minutes or until they are crisp-tender.

Serve the cabbage and corned beef up with some mashed potatoes and you'll have a delicious, St. Patty worthy, meal on your hands!

The meat gets sooo tender in the crockpot that it practically falls apart while you're trying to slice it so it isn't the prettiest meal in the world. But goodness golly gee, it practically melts in your mouth. Thank you, crockpot inventor. :)

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Printable Recipe)
Serves 4

2-3 lb. flat cut corned beef brisket
1 head of cabbage, quartered
Mashed potatoes Just pick your favorite recipe or use the one found in this post.

In a large crockpot, place the beef brisket with the fatty side up. Sprinkle the seasoning packet over the top. Pour in enough water to cover the beef. Set your crockpot to "low," cover and let the brisket cook for 8-9 hours.

30 minutes before you're ready to eat, start a batch of mashed potatoes and prepare the cabbage head by slicing off the bottom and then quartering the remaining part. Remove the brisket from the crockpot, trim any excess fat from the top, cover and set aside. Gently put the cabbage into your crockpot and cook it on low for about 20 minutes or until crisp-tender.

Serve the corned beef and cabbage up with a side of mashed potatoes and you've got a meal that would make any Irishman happy. :)  

Try serving this up with some Irish Soda Bread. Our Best Bites always has fabulous recipes so I'm sure this one will be no exception!

1 comment:

  1. We're having this Wednesday night. My flat cut corned beef is in the fridge right now.

    Word to the wise, though--only buy corned beef from America. Other countries--especially Argentina--make their corned beef out of diseased cows. Aren't you glad my FIL is in ag and has traveled the world learning about their beef practices???


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