Even if you’re not Irish, you can still enjoy a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day inspired meal at home. Corned beef and cabbage with a side of Irish Soda Bread is the classic food to prepare for such an occasion.
Instead of boiling the corned beef to death (hence the common name, New England boiled dinner), I have been using a reverse braising method for the last few years with stellar results. Store-bought corned beef is soaked for up to 3 days in water to whisk away the brine. Next, the beef is braised low and slow in the oven with a mixture of Guinness and beef broth. Lastly, the broth is poured off and reserved for the boiled vegetables and the corned beef is cooked until golden brown.
I promise this is the best corned beef you will ever taste.
To go along with the delicious corned beef and cabbage is a family favorite – Irish Soda Bread. This recipe was my grandmother’s recipe so you know it has to be good. Irish Soda bread is a quick bread that’s leavened with baking soda instead of yeast. It’s crusty on the outside and tender inside while the raisins stud it with a mellow sweetness. Make sure you have some good room temperature Irish butter to smear on bread.
For dessert, anything is acceptable as long as it has Guinness, Baily’s Irish Cream or Jameson in it. Luckily I have just the dessert for you – Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. This recipe has a Guinness laced chocolate cupcake, Jameson flavored ganache and a Baily’s Irish Cream frosting. WooHoo!!
With this meal, you are bound to be an honorary Irishman.