My first real memory of eating corned beef was a couple years ago when I was visiting my friend in New Orleans. We attended a St. Paddy’s Day parade where we caught cabbages from floats and then headed back to her place to cook up the corned beef and cabbage. Yes I realize that cabbage was probably gross, but oh well! Most corned beef comes with pickling spices that usually contains sugar and other weird ingredients. I was inspired by the flavors of corned beef to create this Crockpot Corned Beef. No it is not identical to the original, but I love playing with flavor profiles and creating them in a new way! This Crockpot Corned Beef is complete with white sweet potatoes, carrots and cabbage. A full Irish inspired meal just in time for St. Paddy’s Day.
I wasn’t always a huge St. Paddy’s Day fan. In college, my best friend studied abroad in Ireland. She came back to the States with a love of all things Irish including St. Paddy’s Day. This love rubbed off on me as we finished out our years together in college. In the real world, I don’t always get a chance to celebrate because the holiday often falls in the middle of the week. I am old and lame now and can’t go out on a Wednesday in fear of being hungover at work on Thursday! I still love St. Paddy’s Day though, and I have found new ways to celebrate that don’t involve drinking! I like to make up some traditional fare and naturally green treats to share with my friends! Some of my favorites include: naturally green pancakes, Irish boxty, Irish cream mocha pudding and matcha thumbprint cookies!
What is your favorite way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day?
- 2 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3lb beef shoulder roast
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 lbs white sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 lb carrots, cubed
- 2 lb green cabbage, cut into wedges
- Combine first 7 spices together in a bowl. Spread onto all sides of the beef and place in bottom of crockpot.
- Pour in beef broth and bay leaves.
- Place in sweet potatoes and carrots.
- Cook for 8 hours on low.
- Remove potatoes and carrots. Keep warm in oven. Remove bay leaf.
- Shredded beef and return to crockpot. Add in cabbage wedges.
- Cook on low for 1 hour.