Earlier this week, we shared a variety of pies, in honor of Pi Day. You probably thought we were ignoring the greenest celebration of all: Saint Patrick’s Day.
No worries. We’ve got this.
We’ve all had corned beef and cabbage, and if you’re one of those people that take advantage of the deals and eat this specialty more than once during the season, I’m right there with you. But, let’s mix it up a bit, shall we? After all, Saint Patrick’s Day is on Saturday, so you have the whole weekend to experiment.
First of all, let’s talk the sales.
Corned beef $2.99/lb @ Frys & Safeway. $3.99/lb @ Sprouts. You should probably expect to pay $10-15 for each corned beef roast you purchase at that price.
Cabbage $1/3 lb. @ Sprouts and Safeway. $.49 lb @ Frys.
Red cabbage $.49 lb. @ Sprouts
Carrots $.77 for a one pound bag of baby peeled carrots @ Sprouts.
Potatoes 2/$5 gourmet potatoes, 1.5 lb. @ Frys. $.69 lb. fresh red potatoes; $.99 lb Yukon Gold
Likely you think of the standard corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. Most likely it’s boiled, although perhaps you use the crockpot. But, it turns out that there are lots of different ways to fix this traditional dinner.
Here’s one of our family's favorite recipes:
Corned Beef and Cabbage
1 corned beef roast
1/2 can of frozen orange juice concentrate
1 package of carrots
1 onion, cut into quarters
Cabbage, cored and cut into about 6 sections
Take the roast and sprinkle the spices over the meat. Rub them in. Place the roast in the crock pot. Dump in the orange juice concentrate, and spread it over the roast.
Add in the carrots and potatoes. If you like, add in a quartered onion. Pour about 1 cup water around the sides.
Cook on low for several hours. Towards the end, add in the cabbage. Continue cooking about 45 minutes.
Remove the meat from the crockpot, let rest for about 15 minutes. Slice and serve with carrots, potatoes and cabbage.
Just in case you think this whole orange juice thing is crazy, you can look at this Glazed Corned Beef Dinner recipe on Taste of Home.
Corned Beef Recipes
Next, you may want to buy that corned beef and then do something else with it. How about making your own pastrami?
If you want to corn your very own beef, it will take several days, but who says you can’t eat corned beef and cabbage next week?
Boiling or roasting? How about both?
The Wolfe Pit - it’s the glaze.
This Wolfe Pit recipe ends up as sandwiches:
A great crockpot version:
A combination of Irish and Korean makes up this recipe.
How about Puerto Rican "poor man’s dinner" corned beef? It’s called Boricua-style Corned Beef. Of all the recipes shown here, I think this is the most unusual. By the way, you may not be familiar with some of the ingredients, including one called sofrito. Here’s a link to the directions for sofrito.
Finally, when you do cook your corned beef, be sure to ensure you have plenty of extra. You’ll want to make corned beef hash for breakfast.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! If you try any of these recipes, please let us know by leaving your comments below.