Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Nothing Says St. Patty's Day Like Corned Beef

My mom always makes corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day. It's a tradition I grew up with, so this year I made it for the first time. It is so easy, you just throw into a slow cooker, and let it cook all day. I didn't make cabbage because my husband really doesn't like it.

I bought an already seasoned corned beef. Mine was a little over 2 pounds. It already has the pickling spices like mustard seed, peppercorns and cloves. Throw the beef into a slow cooker and cover with water. I added 2 bay leaves and a little more mustard seed. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. (Heads up - the meat will shrink a bit.)

Remove the corned beef from the cooker and onto a plate. Slice the beef. It will be so tender, it will just fall apart. I served mine with boiled potatoes.

Leftovers make great sandwiches... Reuben sandwiches!

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