Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
The question that always seems to come up when we eat Corned Beef and Cabbage is, “why do we only have this once a year?” Is it because we can’t find a corned beef brisket later on? Is it because we just forget about it? I’m not sure why it happens, but this year, I made sure to buy another one to freeze for later on.
As a kid, I don’t really remember eating Corned Beef and Cabbage, but D.J. does and he said his favorite part was always the leftovers, and I can’t blame him! Most kids will skip the cabbage when it comes to this dish, but Anthony LOVED it, and I think your kids will too. The cabbage is cooked in all the meat “juice” and is super tender – just like the potatoes.
When it comes to different things like this, and getting your kids to try new things,
lie stretch the truth! For example, the first time Anthony tried asparagus, we told him that it was long broccoli and cauliflower was white broccoli. Of course, he loves broccoli so this was easy, but when we made pork tacos instead of the traditional ground beef tacos, I told Anthony that the meat was just in a different shape today, and with that, he ate 5 tacos. I feel like sometimes, when it’s a similar food, or close to something your kids already like, it’s good to tell them it’s the same thing they are used to. Always works around here, and especially did for this Corned Beef and Cabbage. Anthony loves my CrockPot Pot Roast, so at first we told him thats what it was, without gravy and as he started eating devouring it, we told him what it really was, and his response was “ohhh… I really like corned beef and cabbage.”
Another great things about Corned Beef and Cabbage is how easy it is to make. Just toss all the ingredients in the crockpot, set it and then come home to a delicious dinner! It’s also pretty reasonably priced. We bought a 6 lb corned beef brisket and it was only $15! They go on sale for around $2.50 a pound this week, so it makes it very budget friendly, especially with all of the leftovers!
The secret to great Corned Beef and Cabbage is a combination of two things. Letting the corned beef cook long enough – at least 12 hours, and beef broth! Follow these 4 simple steps for some of the BEST Corned Beef and Cabbage you’ve ever had!
1, 3-4 lb corned beef brisket, point cut
1, 32 oz beef broth
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp salt
1 small head cabbage, cut into small wedges
1 large onion, sliced
4 carrots, diced
4-5 small red potatoes, quartered
Prepare veggies and place in the bottom of the crockpot base, leaving a little well for the corned beef brisket.
Place the corned beef brisket in the well.
Add beef stock, salt, bay leaves and the seasoning package that came with the corned beef.
Put the lid on and cook for 12 hours on low.
The corned beef will just fall apart. Serve shredded corned beef with cabbage, potatoes and carrots with a Guinness of course!
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