The traditional corn beef and cabbage meal I made last week was darn good. It seems there is never enough meat in the recipe for our taste (even though I bought a 5lb brisket). When I saw that Aldi this week had the corn beef on sale for $1.99, I went right over there (with my own reusable grocery shopping bag) and bought another one.
This time I roasted it in a cooking bag in the oven (50 mins per pound).
I left all the juices from the package in it and added the spices from the packet included.
After it was done cooking, I let it rest for 20 mins and then sliced it against the grain. I couldn’t resist sneaking bites of this spicy, fatty goodness.
I had everything I needed to assemble the Reuben and Rachels (anybody else thinking of the song that you were taught in piano lessons?)
- rye and pumpernickel bread or rolls
- swiss and provolone cheese
- thousand island dressing
- turkey and corn beef (I bought a package of Oscar Meyer carving board deli meat for the roasted turkey, I aint’ about to cook all that in one day).
Have you noticed everything these days is updated, revised, has the volume turned up or gets a makeover? Well I fell into that trap! For years now my Momma, then me and my sisters have made this Irish Boiled dinner once a year. My momma got the recipe out of that tried and true red and white checked cook-book we have all seen. It was a big whoop when I was a kid–we were a 5 lbs of hamburger 2 chicken each week kinda family–corned beef was fancy, exotic, out of this world. I thought this year instead of that I would think outside the box and take it up a notch…here is what I did……..
So instead of a boil I put it in the crock pot before church–a lot of recipes called for beer but I don’t like it and don’t need the calories…water and my spices. (see photo) 6 hours on low! The whole house smelled of beef!
The cabbage I cooked with 1 slice of browned bacon and the drippings, 2 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and a pinch of salt….this was a great way to cook a 19 cent head of cabbage for a side dish!~
The beef was soft, sweet and suculant…..but I missed the soft cabbage and soothing broth! I added purple potatoes and some yeast rolls…it was bright and vibrant…but it didn’t feel like home!
lesson learned….sometimes, once a year, you need an oldie but goodie….
Next year I am making my Momma’s Irish Boiled Dinner. (And if I get a good deal on Corned Beef sooner I might sneak one in!)