Saturday, March 17, 2012

St Patty's Day means Boiled Dinner

Getting back into the swing of things after my busy week last week.  Made some beautifully easy Sweet Potato Apples from Iowa Girl Eats.
Then proceeded to make apple juice from the leftover apple insides.
I just hate seeing things go to waste  ;)  Plus the juice was quite good!
And then, it being St. Patty's Day week and all, I decided to make some corned beef and cabbage, aka Boiled Dinner.  When grandma makes it, I believe she uses a pork roast of some sort instead of corned beef, but I find the corned beef to have some amazing seasonings.  I picked up a nice slab from whole foods for $25.  Good thing we don't buy meat on a regular basis  :)
This week I made it in two batches in the slow cooker instead of one big batch on the stove.  Work and sleep interfere with my cooking sometimes.  So, here is the recipe for making this as one big batch.  Feel free to do the cabbage, carrots, potatoes for 8 hours over night and then the corned beef with some more cabbage and potatoes the next day.  Then mix everything together when ya get home from work to warm up and let the flavors meld for an hour or so.

Grandma's Boiled Dinner
Ingredients:

  • 3-4lb Corned Beef Brisket
  • Head of Cabbage
  • ~6 Carrots
  • ~10 Potatoes (preferably red, but any will work)
  • ~4 medium Onions
  • For Topping -> Mustard, Vinegar, Horseradish

Instructions
  • Slice cabbage into wedges (~8 sections)
  • Slice carrots into ~3" long chunks
  • If potatoes are large chop in half
  • Chop onions into quarters
  • Throw everything except toppings into a large pot (beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, onions) and cover with water
  • Cover and Boil for about 4 hours or until potatoes are tender and beef is done
  • Serve topped with mustard, vinegar and horseradish

Now, to figure out where to put my latest food storage containers...

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