As Irish as You Can Get!

Dear Friends,

It was a few years ago that I finally came home from my volcanic cloud delayed Ireland trip. While being there was great, staying an extra 8 days not so much. Ireland is the land of my people; my grandmother was 100% Irish, born at the turn of the century, in 1900. Fire engine red hair and lovely brogue, Edna Finley was about as Irish as you can get.

Speaking of being as Irish as you can get, Corned Beef and Cabbage are the quintessential Irish food. Here’s a recipe, enjoy!

Corned Beef and CabbageCorned Beef and Cabbage
serves 6

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, quartered
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped and divided
2 cups baby carrots
3 pounds corned beef brisket, trimmed of excess fat
2 tablespoons pickling spice
4 cups water
8 small red potatoes
1 head cabbage, cored and cut into 8 wedges
2 tablespoons butter, melted

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon of the parsley, and carrots in the oil for 2 to 3 minutes or until onions are translucent. Remove from skillet and place in slow cooker. Add corned beef brisket and pickling spice to the slow cooker and add water. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until brisket is tender.

About 1 hour before you are ready to eat, add the potatoes and cabbage wedges. Cover and cook until veggies are tender. In a small bowl, combine melted butter and remaining parsley. Remove brisket and veggies from the slow cooker. Slice brisket across the grain. Brush veggies with butter mixture. Serve.

Leanne Ely, Your Dinner Diva

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