Is there anything that says Irish holiday more than corned beef? Well, maybe Irish Stew. But given a choice, I’ll take a wonderful, tender, corned beef roast any day. The moist meat has a flavor unlike any other, perfect with cabbage and potatoes. Wonderful for dinner, and great the next day too, it is a hearty meal for a cold day in March whether you celebrate St Patrick’s day or not.
These are really so easy to get tender and flavorful with the way the meat comes at the store. Prepackaged with the spice packet, you just open and assemble, set the slow cooker and forget about it all day. Sew and quilt, stamp and garden all day, and then dinner is ready.
I use a 4-quart slow cooker for a 2-3 pound corned beef roast. Following the directions on the package, place the roast in the cooker, sprinkle on the seasonings packet, add a bit of water and put the lid on. I start on high for one hour, then turn to low for 6-7 hours. If you wanted to, you could add some potatoes to the slow cooker too, the little red skin ones do well for long slow cooking.
About 20-30 minutes before the dinner will be served, cut a cabbage into quarters and add to the cooker. I used half a cabbage in this meal.
When ready, remove from the cooker and let rest on a platter covered with foil for 20 minutes or so. If you didn’t use red skin potatoes, make my Cheddar Onion Mashed Potatoes while the roast rests. They go really well with lots of entrees.
Slice across the grain into thick slices. Yum, hot and delicious, and so easy.
DH prefers cole slaw to cooked cabbage, so I chop the other half of the cabbage and add dressing for his meal. There is usually enough for the next day as well.
Perfect for next weekend for St Patrick’s Day, or really any day where you want a hot and hearty meal. It is likely that they will be on sale this week too.
Marvelous the next day too, a warm corned beef sandwich on Sourdough bread. Or rye if you prefer that, or really whatever bread you like.
If you are not a fan of corned beef, try my Cabbage Rolls with Brown Sauce, also hearty for a cold day.
Do you like corned beef? Have you made one before?
PS I ordered a new slow cooker, more why I needed a new one, and why I chose this one later. But here is my new one on the way! KitchenAid Slow Cooker.