St Patrick’s Day Dinner Party

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Hosting a dinner party for St. Patrick’s Day? You’ll have the luck of the Irish on your side when you rely on your crock pot to make the perfect corned beef and cabbage while you’re at work.  And to accompany your meal is an easy Irish Soda Bread recipe.

Corned Beef Brisket is a cut of meat that has been cured (pickled) in seasoned brine. The brisket is a tough cut of meat and requires slow and low cooking, which is why I chose to use a crock pot method.

If you prefer a wine driven celebration instead of beer, Pinot Noir is great choice  as a fuller-bodied red, like a Cabernet Sauvignon,  may have strong tannins which can leave a bitter taste in your mouth when paired with salty foods.

TIPS:

  •  Slicing the meat against the grain will prevent  the meat from being tough and chewy
  •  Because the meat comes in a package pre brined, don’t add salt during the cooking process
  •  To reduce sodium, you may rinse the meat in water before cooking
  •  Cabbage cooks very quickly and will get soggy, so add cabbage the last 30-45 minutes
  •  Use leftovers for sandwiches or dice them to make corned beef hash
  •  If you prefer not to make the gravy, serve with  mustard and horseradish on the side

 

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Ingredients

  • 6-8 red or yukon gold potatoes, unpeeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 4-5 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly minced
  • 3-4 lb corned beef brisket with seasoning packet
  • 3 Tablespoons mustard
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • Seasoning packet that comes with brisket
  • 1 head cabbage, cut through the core into 8 wedges
  • 1 bottle of dark beer,such as Guinness  ( or 2 cups of red wine)
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1/2 cup honey or brown sugar

 Directions: 

Place potatoes, onion, carrots, and garlic in the crock pot. Place  brisket, fat side down, over the vegetables. In a small bowl, mix together the mustard, brown sugar and seasoning packet. Spread the mixture on top of the corned beef.  Pour in beer (or wine).

Cook on low for 8 hours or until meat is fork tender. Add cabbage around the meat and push down to immerse in liquid. Cover lid and continue to cook for about 30 minutes or until cabbage is tender.

Remove meat from the crock pot and place a tent foil on top to let it rest for about 20 minutes.

While meat is resting, make the gravy.  Remove vegetables from crock pot. In a saucepan, bring sauce from the crockpot to boil and add in mustard, Worcestershire, horseradish and honey and mix. Simmer until gravy is reduced by half.

To serve:  slice  the corned beef against the grain and place on a serving platter along with the vegetables and gravy.

 

Irish Soda Bread 

 

 Ingredients 

  • 4 cups flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar (plus 2 Tablespoons to sprinkle on top)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 ½  cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup raisins, currents or other dried fruit ( optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, 3 Tablespoons sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Cut in butter using a pastry cutter or 2 knives until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Measure buttermilk and add the egg to the measuring cup, whisking lightly with a fork to incorporate. Pour into the flour mixture, along with dried fruit and stir together just until mixed.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and lightly knead to shape into a round loaf. ( Do not over knead)  Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a lightly greased cast iron skillet.

With a knife, score the  top of dough in a “X” shape to help heat get into the center of the dough while it bakes. Sprinkle remaining sugar on top. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with butter.

Enjoy your fabulous dinner  on St. Patrick’s Day or any other day!

 

 

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