|Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes and a Side of Soda Bread ... Outside on the Deck|
I could go all out here and get into my family history how my great-grandparents were born in Ireland and ended up in New York - Lord knows how – but that's not why you're here, is it?
I'll skip the stories behind the genealogy, my partiality to gingers and how I begged my parents to hire a harpist for my wedding, and I'll right to the point: I have Irish blood, I love St. Patrick's Day and I don't think I've ever drank a green beer in my life. (If I have, it hasn't been since undergrad and I can't remember the experience for one reason or another. For the record, I prefer my beer to be a lovely shade of brown – or almost black.) So I know corned beef on St. Patrick's Day is unauthentic and an American-inspired tradition (just ask Little Big Brother, I learned that fact the hard way.) But I don't really care. I look forward to eating my weight in corned beef all year. That's right. All. Year. Long. So without further ado, I give you the very simple, very indulgent, recipe that the husband and I enjoyed on the porch this evening - with beers in our honeymoon glasses, as per the husband's request.
Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Veggies
3 medium carrots, chopped into 1-inch pieces
4 small red potatoes, quartered
1/2-3/4 cup onion, quartered
12 ounces Guinness
2.5 lbs corned beef
4-5 cups water
Chop the vegetables and place in the bottom of the slow cooker. Rinse the corned beef and put it on top of the vegetables.
Pour the Guinness into the slow cooker and add in enough water to cover the meat.
Cook on low for 8-9 hours.
I was more than happy to enjoy my corned beef with a side of steamed cabbage, which the husband gladly skipped. (I think he ate an extra slice of soda bread to make up for that.) And although I worried the husband might not love the meal as much as I did, he thought it was quite good. Neither of us is a fan of the obligatory spice packet that comes with the corned beef. You may want to add a few peppercorns to your slow cooker, but, as you can see, I don't think it's necessary. We both really enjoyed dinner. Actually, it was so good, we'll be enjoying it again tomorrow.