Happy St Patty’s Day

17 Mar

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My family loves to celebrate anything! This year we celebrated St Patrick’s Day on Saturday night so we could have the yummy hash on Sunday morning! Matthew and Claire added e green mugs and we all got decorative socks to wear. My Saturday was spent out of  the house at our gallery so I decided to try the convenience of the crockpot this year. It worked out great, I tossed the meat in at 8 am and by dinner it was perfect.
I learned a long time ago from our Irish housekeeper ( that’s what we called the cleaning lady way back when) to add a pinch of baking soda to the cabbage boiling water to prevent the smell and add tenderness, works every time.
About two hours before dinner I added the carrots and potatoes to the crockpot with the meat.
Then about 1/2 hour before dinner I took a few large ladlefulls of the broth from the crockpot and added it to a pot on the stove with water and cooked my cabbage.
Let the corned beef rest covered out of the cooking liquid for 20 minutes and then dinner was served.

Crock Pot Corned Beef

If you tie the pickling spice in a cheesecloth bundle your guests won’t have to pick out peppercorns and crushed bay leaves!

5 lb brined and washed brisket
One yellow onion quartered
1 Bay leaf
2 tbs bacon grease (if you have it)
Water
3 tbs pickling spice wrapped in cheesecloth x 2

1 lb carrots, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
3 red potatoes, skin on cut into 1/2 inch chunks
2 small heads Irish cabbage, quartered
Pinch baking soda

Add onion and bay leaf to pot. Add beef, fat side up. Fill almost all the way to the top with cool water.
Cook on low covered for 8 hours. After 8 hours or so add one bundle of spices, carrots and potatoes.
1/2 hr before dinner remove about 2 cups of cooking water and add to a pot with a pinch of baking soda. Add water half way up pot, bring to a boil and add second spice bundle and cabbage. Cook covered on medium until cabbage is tender but not limp. Remove the beef from the crockpot, cover with foil and rest 15-20 min.
Drain all veggies, slice meat and serve.

Breakfast

Sunday morning I made green waffles and corned beef hash with poached eggs!

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Husband wore a silly tie to breakfast (he never wears a tie)  and Kidlet wore a funny headband with Irish top hats. I unfortunately got so involved in making breakfast that I got pinched for not wearing green!20130317-085214.jpg

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3 Responses to “Happy St Patty’s Day”

  1. Naomi Roth March 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM #

    Beautiful and creative. Mom Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2013 17:35:19 +0000 To: bubiroth@hotmail.com

  2. Anonymous March 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM #

    I don’t think there is a family quite as creative as you guys! Those green waffles look great and the potatoes-wow!

    • Chefjen March 17, 2013 at 11:49 AM #

      Thanks, we really just throw it together. I had waffle batter left over, that was lucky because I wouldn’t have made them otherwise!

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