Friday, March 15, 2013

Foodie Friday: Corned Beef and Cabbage

In honor of St Patrick's Day, which falls on Sunday this year, we have decided to highlight the classic Irish recipe of Corned Beef and Cabbage... YUM!

(If you are not in the mood to slow cook, keep reading and I will share with you the various restaurants in town that will be serving Irish fare this weekend.)

Corned Beef & Cabbage: recipe courtesy of


3-4 lbs. of corned beef brisket
8 red potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 ½ cups of carrots
(chopped into 1 inch pieces)
1 ½ cups of celery
(chopped into 1 inch pieces)
½ of a large yellow onion, chopped into small pieces
1 head of cabbage, cut into 8 wedges
1/3 cup of dijon mustard
6 tablespoons of brown sugar


Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.  Place potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery on the bottom.
Place beef (fat side up) on top of the vegetables, and add the seasoning packet to the slow cooker.

If your corned beef didn’t come with its own seasoning packet, place 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, 6 whole cloves, and 1 dried bay leaf on a piece of cheesecloth and tie with string.  Add the packet to the cooker.

Fill cooker with enough water to cover meat, and cook on high for 7 hours.

Mix mustard and brown sugar together to make glaze, and then set aside.

Once your slow cooker is done, put the cabbage wedges into a pot and transfer juices from the cooker into the pot.  Transfer enough juice to cover 3/4 of the cabbage.  Place the lid on the pot (only part of the way so some steam can escape) and cook on medium high until cabbage is tender.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Transfer beef to a baking sheet and cover top of beef (fat side) with glaze.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until glaze is golden brown.

To serve, cut corned beef across grain into thin slices, and plate with cabbage and other vegetables.

It pairs well with a nice red table wine or a hearty stout beer.
Servings: 8-10

Local Restaurants serving Irish fare this weekend as well as great St Patrick's Day specials:

Lefty's Bar and Grill:

The Cellar Pub:

The Sawtooth Brewery:

Whiskey Jacques:

The Sawtooth Club:

I'm sure there are plenty more as well, so if you are out and about in Ketchum this weekend, enjoy festive local St Patrick's Day fun!

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