St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Whether you’re Irish or not it’s hard not to enjoy the shimmering shamrocks, the idea of lucky leprechauns and pots of gold. It’s time to celebrate with friends and family, a green beer in hand, an emerald shirt on your back. Let’s not forget the delicious corned beef and cabbage the Irish are famous for. But wait. Ironically, hundreds of years ago in Ireland, the last thing an Irishman would eat is beef. Cattle were sacred to them. The only time they used cattle for food was when they could no longer work the fields or give milk to make dairy products.
Easy Crock Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day
Along came the English, conquering most of the country. They loved beef and couldn’t get enough of it. While the Irish couldn’t afford beef even if they wanted to eat it, they began supplying it to other countries.
After laws passed prohibiting them from exporting live animals, they started curing the beef with large salt crystals the size of corn. That’s when the British coined the phrase corned beef.
Ireland supplied countries this savored ingredient for centuries. Meanwhile, they ate potatoes, pork, and bacon. When the potato famine drove them out of Ireland, Irish immigrants in America discovered corned beef sold by Jewish immigrants in New York. They felt a connection to their heritage when they tasted it.
The Rest is History
Now within their means to get, they started eating the corned beef we know today, from the kosher front of the cow. The meat is actually tough before cured and processed, but a beautifully tender delicacy afterward.
And so the tradition began. The Irish added the least expensive vegetable, cabbage to the plate along with their treasured potato. St. Patrick’s day was no longer a religious custom for them, but a celebration of culture, heritage and savory food they now took pleasure in.
So why not invigorate the senses Irish style with a new appreciation of the meal’s history? Here is a flavorful recipe for corned beef and cabbage you can prepare to ring in St. Paddy’s Day:
Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
You’ll need a crock pot because a slow-cooker is the only way you can produce the tender meat and integrate all the scrumptious flavors. The ingredients need time to infuse. What you put in your crock pot is simpler than you might have imagined.
Easy Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe Ingredient List:
1 Medium Yellow onion peeled and sliced
4 Medium White Potatoes washed and cut into wedges
1 Medium Head of Cabbage cut into 1/6 size wedges
1 Tsp Omaha Steaks All Natural Seasoning
1/2 cup of water
How to make this easy Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe:
There’s a special order involved when putting the ingredients into your crock pot.
- The sliced onion goes in first covering the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Put the potato wedges next, creating the second layer.
- Add the cabbage wedges on top of the potatoes.
- Sprinkle seasoning and add the 1/2 cup of water.
- Place the last layer of frozen corned beef on top.
That’s all there is to it. Just set the cooking temperature on low and let it simmer for 8 hours.
- You’ll have to get your corned beef and cabbage started early in the morning if you want it ready in time for everyone to enjoy. You can slice and cut everything the night before to make it easier when you wake up.
- Don’t be afraid to add variations to your St. Patrick’s Day feast. If you love red potatoes, carrots, garlic cloves or celery, add those in place of the white potatoes. Some people add beer for added flavor. Six ounces should do the trick.
- Corned beef should be placed fat-side up in the crockpot.
- Add more water if necessary to make sure the meat is fully covered.
- You could place the cabbage inside later, with an hour and a half or two hours left to go, so it doesn’t become mushy soft. However, some like the way the cabbage flavor blends with the rest of the ingredients when left in from the beginning. Additionally, your cabbage may not be cooked enough if you put it in later. Of course, once you eat your first corned beef and cabbage masterpiece, you can decide.
- When you slice the cabbage in half, place it cut-side down on the breadboard, so it’s easier to slice wedges without it wobbling and slipping.
- To make sure your beef brisket is done, use a quick-read meat thermometer. It should register at 165% when cooked properly.
We all share a common bond. Our ancestors and their heritage spread the globe. This St. Patrick’s Day let’s share in the tradition that connects a people to their rich, intriguing history, never forgotten. Have fun making your corned beef and cabbage. As the Irish saying goes, “It’s easy to halve the potato where there’s love.”
Don’t have time to cook our Easy Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe yourself? Try these other Easy St. Patrick’s Day Meals from Omaha Steaks.
If you are like me, life moves faster than you can keep up which is why I am such a huge fan of Omaha Steaks easy dinners. Here are a few themed just for St. Patrick’s Day that helps you get an incredible meal on the table without all the work.
All Included St. Patrick’s Day Essentials
My family of seven absolutely loved Omaha Steaks’ Rustic Corned Beef with all the fixings. This combo came with two packages of both the Roasted Root Vegetables and the Tri-colored Potatoes in Brown Butter Sauce, mini baguettes with garlic butter, and those delicious Caramel Apple Tartlets we can never get enough of.
Isn’t it gorgeous!!! And, no one has to know how simple it was to throw together.
*Tip- I cooked my Corned Beef in the slow cooker and then heated up the rest in the oven. No chopping or prepping you literally open up the package pop it in and then pull it out when the timer goes off. But, no one would know. The meal looks like a feast you slaved in the kitchen all day making.
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Luck of the Irish Corned Beef Meal
This delicious combo comes with everything you need for a perfect St. Patrick’s Day feast including a 30 oz. Rustic Corned Beef, Two Packages of Roasted Root Vegetables, Mini Baguettes with Garlic Butter, and Caramel Apple Tartlets for dessert! This package feeds 4 adults or a family of 5-6 (in my experience).
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Inviting Company? Surprise them with the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Collection
With this option, you get both the 30 oz. Rustic Corned Beef AND the Beef Shepard’s Pie + Rustic Roasting Veggies and Caramel Apple Tartlets too!
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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day ALL Day Long with the Easy St. Patrick’s Day Essentials Combo
Start your morning off right with a delicious Corned Beef Hash Butcher’s Breakfast. My recommendation is to cook a few eggs over easy to serve on top. Oh my gosh, it’s soooo good!
After breakfast pop the Irish Brisket & Ale Stew into your slow cooker then when lunchtime rolls around you’ll have the perfect leprechaun lunch ready to go.
If you are really feeling the green and gold you can clean out your slow cooker and then toss in the Slow Cooker Meal: Corned Beef and Cabbage from Omaha Steaks. It will be ready by dinner and will taste delicious served with the mini baguettes with garlic butter.
Of course, you could split them up and have a St. Patrick’s Day week-long celebration too.
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Find more St. Patrick’s Day Meals including a la carte Easy Crock Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage from Omaha Steaks by corned beef and cabbage. There is a ton of options.
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