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For most, St. Patrick’s Day is just a day to drink Guinness, eat corned beef and wear green. In my family St. Patty’s Day is very special… It is also Grandma Olga and my younger cousin Madeline’s birthday. The day has always been celebratory, full of green carnations (that is a gift giving tradition), birthday cake, lots of wearing green and my Aunt Kathy’s delicious rice Krispy treats shaped like 4 leaf clovers topped with a light dusting of green sprinkles.
My Grandma has this built-in shelving unit in her kitchen. Each month it gets decorated according to the current holiday and family member’s birthdays. The lucky birthday recipient gets a big picture right in the middle as well as other pictures mixed throughout. My Grandma has more St. Patrick’s Day décor than the average Jane, probably because it’s her birthday and that is very special.
I am very much lagging in my St. Patrick’s Day décor and I really need to step up my game. Instead of decorating, I did come up with this delicious St. Patrick’s Day dinner tradition recipe for you.
Corned Beef and Cabbage is a must on St. Patrick’s Day. Since we are all bust people, throwing it in the slow cooker in the morning is so easy and makes the meat very tender and delicious.
Corned Beef is a processed meat so make sure to check your label for gluten free. I bought mine at Costco.
By placing the veggies on the bottom and the meat on top you get the fat and flavor of the meat soaking into the vegetables. One trick I have always used is putting the peppercorn seasonings in cheese cloth because I do not like eating them. This allows the meat and vegetables to get all of the flavor but without a million little peppercorns floating around in your dinner.
My husband really enjoys this meal and it is a special treat because I only make it once a year. So make sure to print this one out, pin it and be prepared to slow cook your St. Patty’s dinner.
3 lbs. Corned Beef (make sure it is gluten free)
1 ½ LBS. Red Potatoes washed and cubed
1 Onion chopped
3 cups carrots chopped
2 cups water
2 cups broth
1. Place onions, potatoes and carrots on the bottom of the crock pot.
2. Place peppercorn seasoning in cheesecloth tied with a string.
3. Place Corned Beef on top of the vegetables.
4. Add liquid and turn crock pot on high for 8 hours.
5. Every few hours spoon some liquid on top of the beef.