For as long as I can remember, corned beef and cabbage has always been on the menu for St. Patricks Day! I can remember my Grandmother always making it for us, and now my Mom has pretty much taken it over. My mom always seems to gather my siblings and I for this day as she goes all out making a feast. And if St. Patrick’s Day falls during the week, she’ll make sure to make it during a weekend that way we can all have our yearly fix.
It took three grocery stores for me to find all the ingredients, and endless hours on the phone with my mom to make sure I got it right. I maybe even surprised myself, even the kids and Jason, but I made my very first traditional recipe for St. Patricks Day dinner, and have to say it wasn’t that hard at all! From the corned beef, cabbage, potato recipe, and even a loaf of soda bread – I’m going to share it all with you below to get into the holiday spirit and hopefully find your pot of gold! These are recipes the whole family will love and I hope you enjoy them on your St. Patrick’s Day dinner!
Corned Beef, Cabbage & Potatoes
What you’ll need
2 lbs Corned Beef (it shrinks a lot so make sure to get enough)
1 head cabbage
Bag red potatoes
Spicy Mustard for dipping
Put corn beef in boiling water with spices. You could do this in a slow cooker, as well, in fact, it might even be a better way! The spices usually come with the corned beef. But if not find the “pickling spice” jar and that will work perfectly. Simmer covered for 3 hours and last half hour add cabbage cut into cubes. Can also add in carrots for more flavor if desired. Boil red potatoes on side until tender and drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper. Thats it, its really so simple! Don’t forget the spicy mustard! I can’t even believe how much of an easy recipe this turned out to be, and especially as a main course for the special occasion.
Now it’s time to make the Irish Soda Bread for the Irish holiday!
4 cups All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
4 oz Butter softened
1 cup Sugar
1 1/4 cup Buttermilk
1 cup Raisins
There really is no wrong way to do this. When you add this to your list of new recipes, consider making this alongside your main meal for the holiday. It’s Irish comfort food! Irish cuisine is best enjoyed with root vegetables, fresh herbs, golden brown potato scones, Irish beef stew and of course green beer. Shepherd’s pie is something we make every once in awhile and a fun way to cook a traditional meal. Blend together the wet ingredients first. Cream butter, add sugar, then add eggs, then buttermilk one at a time. Mix in all dry ingredients. Batter will be stiff. Spoon in the raisins. Spray cake pan with non stick cooking spray, and bake 350 degrees for 1 hour. Put a piece of foil on top for the first 30 minutes to make sure top won’t burn. This is one of my kids’ favorite recipes and it’s even better that it’s a part of the traditional foods we normally enjoy for a St. Patrick’s Day meal. Enjoy! Happy St. Paddy’s Day!
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This post was originally published March 16th, 2021.