Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Corned Beef

Many people wonder how and where St. Patrick’s Day originated, while others are simply happy “being Irish for a day” and enjoying the celebration. If you would like the full breakdown on St. Patrick’s Day, check this out from Theholidayspot:

“Legend also has that, Saint Patrick had put the curse of God on venomous snakes in Ireland. And he drove all the snakes into the sea where they drowned.

“True, these are mostly legends. But, after some 1500 years, these legends have been inseparably combined with the facts.”

“Patrick’s mission in Ireland lasted for over 20 years. He died on March 17, AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since.”

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Whether you are only in it for the party or are looking for some interesting ways to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, we have you covered with a couple of easy corned beef recipes. These are easy to pull off if you are hosting since both use your crock. This frees you up to host the party properly. Just be sure to not enjoy too much of that delicious Irish Whiskey while hosting; somebody has to serve the guests!

St. Patrick’s Day Meal Ideas

Corned Beef Stew

  • 2-3 pound corned beef brisket
  • 6-8 red potatoes
  • 6-8 large carrots
  • olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • Lawry’s seasoning salt
  • black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 12 ounces of dark beer like Guinness
  • 2 cups of unsalted beef stock
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Take your corned beef and trim all the fat, then cut it up into small cubes. Brown the corned beef cubes in the olive oil, making sure to get all the sides.

Cut the carrots, onion, and potatoes into bite-size pieces.

Place all the ingredients into your crock pot. Add in the beef stock and beer. Stir all the items to mix them together, and sprinkle in the Lawry’s, pepper, and the pickling spice packet.

Cook on high for three hours, then low for five hours.

Take 3/4 of the hot stew liquid from the crock pot and put it into a large bowl. Whisk in the flour until blended. Add the mixture back to the crock pot, making sure to gently stir all the ingredients so they’re covered in the gravy.

Cover the crock and cook on high 30-45 minutes until the gravy thickens.

Serve with a fresh loaf of bread and enjoy!

Crock Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage

  • 2-3 pound corned beef brisket
  • 6-8 red potatoes
  • 6-8 large carrots
  • head of cabbage
  • 1 cup of water

Rinse the carrots, cabbage, and potatoes in water first. Then cut the potatoes into quarters, the cabbage into eighths, and the carrots into 3 inch long pieces. (You can also use baby carrots instead.)

Take all the cut up items and layer them in the crockpot with the potatoes and carrots on the bottom. Place the corned beef brisket on top fat side up and sprinkle in all the pickling spices from the packet you get along with the corned beef.

Add in the water, and cook on high for 3 hours, then low for 4 hours.

Allow the corned beef to rest for 10 minutes, slice against the grain, and then serve with the rest on a platter! You will be amazed at how tender and delicious the corned beef is by using your crock pot!

Last Word On St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a festive celebration involving Irish beer, corned beef, “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirts & buttons, and of course “wearing o’ the green.” However you chose to celebrate the day give one or both of these recipes a try, you won’t be disappointed!

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