In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to attempt to cook the traditional corned beef. Because I didn’t know this and I thought it was interesting, here’s a little back story for you:
The feast day of St. Patrick has been observed in Ireland on March 17 for hundreds of years. The date falls during the fasting season of Lent, but on St. Patrick’s Day the prohibitions against eating meat were lifted, and the Irish would celebrate their patron saint with dancing, drinking, and feasting on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
The corned beef was substituted for bacon by Irish immigrants to the Americas around the turn of the century who could not afford the real thing.
Well, there you go, that last sentence pretty much sums me up. I’m cheap, let’s cook corned beef!
The ingredients: red potatoes (I did 7 because it fit perfectly in the bottom of my crock pot), one large onion and 3.5 lbs of corned beef brisket.
The ingredients again, but with the corned beef flipped over. I had no idea what corned beef looked like, so this is for the new comers.
The crock pot, a large one.
Rinse the potatoes.
Lay them out to dry. Prick holes in potatoes with a fork (if doing this the night before, just lay the fork next to the potatoes so you don’t forget to do it in the morning).
Start chopping the onion.
Chop into quarters.
The previous steps were all done the night before. I just left the potatoes out on the towel all night and I put the chopped onion in a ziplock and threw it in the fridge.
Line bottom of crock pot with red potatoes. Next place the corned beef brisket on top of potatoes. Measure out one cup of water, dump in bag of meat drippings, shake around and pour onto beef. Pour seasoning packet (it was in the corned beef package) on top of beef. Throw onions on top.
Here it is, close up and personal. Place lid on top, turn on low and leave for work.
20 minutes later, drive back home because you can’t remember if you turned on the crock pot. Indeed you did. Leave again.
10 hours later, check it out!
Put it on a plate. Then, call your mom because you’ve never had corned beef before and you don’t know if it’s suppose to be red, or if it just didn’t cook all the way.
Me: Mom, is corned beef red when it’s cooked?
Mom: Yeah, it’s a reddish color, which makes it hard to tell if it’s completely done.
Me: I had it in the crock pot for 10 hours on low.
Mom: <laughing> Yep, it’s done.
Another picture, because the other one looked kinda gross with all of the extra fat on there.
Corned beef was a first in our household and the vote by all was a unanimous YUM! It’s hard to describe, but to me it reminded me ham, sorta.