Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Background and History:

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage is a classic Irish-American dish that’s synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. It has its roots in Ireland, where boiled bacon and cabbage was a common meal. When Irish immigrants came to the United States, they adapted the dish, substituting bacon with corned beef, a more available and affordable meat. Over time, it became a beloved staple, especially during the Irish holiday festivities.

Serves: 6-8

Time:

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 8-10 hours (slow cooker)

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet
  • 6-8 small red or Yukon Gold potatoes, halved
  • 4 carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 head of cabbage, cut into wedges
  • 4 cups water
  • Mustard or horseradish for serving (optional)

Instruction:

  • Rinse the corned beef under cold water and place it in the slow cooker fat side up.
  • Sprinkle the contents of the spice packet over the meat.
  • Add the halved potatoes, carrot chunks, and onion wedges around the corned beef.
  • Pour the water over the ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours until the meat is tender.
  • About an hour before serving, add the cabbage wedges to the slow cooker.
  • Once everything is tender, remove the meat and slice it against the grain.
  • Serve with the vegetables, and provide mustard or horseradish for dipping if desired.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories: Approximately 300-400 per serving
  • Protein: Around 20-25g
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 20-25g
  • Fat: About 10-15g

Notes:

  • The spice packet that comes with the corned beef contains a mix of flavorful spices, including coriander, mustard seeds, and more.
  • Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage is a one-pot wonder, perfect for a festive St. Patrick’s Day feast or any time you’re craving a hearty meal.

Allergy Warning:

  • Be cautious of potential allergens in the ingredients used, and consider specific dietary requirements.

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage is a flavorful and festive meal that pays homage to Irish culinary traditions. The slow cooker does all the work, creating tender meat and perfectly cooked vegetables, making it a comforting and convenient option for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration or any day of the year.

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