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St. Patrick's Day 2019: How to Make Corned Beef and Cabbage, Cooking Corned Beef in a Crock-Pot

Many families mark St. Patrick’s Day with a corned beef and cabbage dinner but when it comes to cooking up the annual meal, there are a few ways to go.

Celebrated annually on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day is the anniversary of the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. While the holiday has transformed into a massive drinking event, until the 1970s, Irish law mandated the pubs close on March 17, according to History.com.

Modern revelers may also be shocked to learn that a truly traditional St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t include corned beef and cabbage. It wasn’t until people from Ireland immigrated to America that corned beef and cabbage became an Irish meal, according to History.com. Corned beef was a tasty, cost-efficient alternative for pork and cabbage was economically efficient.

How to Make Corned Beef and Cabbage

One of the benefits of corned beef and cabbage is that it can all be cooked in one pot, so cleaning up is easy.

Buying corned beef can be a little bit confusing, as there are two ways to go about it. You can either buy ready-to-cook corned beef, which is brisket that’s already been cured, or you can buy beef brisket and cure the meat yourself. Just a head’s up, it takes about seven days to properly brine your own corned beef.

Once you have your corned beef ready to go, you’ll want to fill up a large pot with water and place the meat inside. The pot should be filled enough that the water covers the meat. Then, put the lid on and simmer for about an hour per pound. When the meat is tender, boil for about 10 minutes and add the cabbage, which should be cut into wedges. To make the cabbage tender, it will need to be boiled for about 15 minutes.

Once the cabbage is ready, remove the meat and slice it on a cutting board. Then, remove the cabbage and serve together. Some people serve their corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and put mustard on their table for those who want to add the condiment.

st. patrick's day 2019 corned beef and cabbage how to cook People participate on the sidelines of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Ave. on March 17, 2018, in New York City. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

How Long to Boil Cabbage

There are multiple different kinds of cabbage, but the most common to serve on St. Patrick’s Day is green cabbage, which has wide fan-like leaves. Before boiling, peel off the outer leaves, which may be wilted or discolored, and thoroughly wash the cabbage head.

Fill a pot of water and bring it to a boil. Then, add the cabbage. Shredded cabbage should cook in about five minutes, but wedges, since they’re thicker, will likely take about 15 minutes. Once the cabbage is tender, either pour it into a colander or use a slotted spoon to remove.

Cooking Corned Beef in a Crock-Pot

Maybe you went out on Saturday night and aren’t feeling up to preparing a corned beef and cabbage meal or maybe you just have better things to do. Fortunately, there’s a way even those without a private chef can let someone – or something – else do the cooking for them.

Skinnytaste’s crock-pot corned beef and cabbage recipe calls for:

  • Two pounds lean corned beef
  • One cup of frozen pearl onions
  • Two medium carrots, peeled and cut into pieces
  • Two medium parsnips, peeled and cut into pieces
  • One small cabbage head, cut into six wedges
  • 1/4 cup chopped free parsley
  • Two bay leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon whole peppercorns

Put the corned beef, onions, carrots, parsnips, parsley, bay leaves and peppercorns in a five or six-quart crock-pot, along with three cups of water. Cover and cook on high for four hours, then add the cabbage and cook on high for an additional hour and twenty minutes.

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