St. Patrick’s Day means one thing, and that’s corned beef, but what happens when St. Patrick’s Day ends up on a work night and you don’t have time to let it cook for hours on the stove? You put it it in the slow cooker and come home to a delicious corned beef dinner.
Corned Beef is one of my favorite meals, ever. The only problem is, it has to sit on the stove top for hours, and as a busy mom, I just don’t have time for that. After multiple attempts, I’ve perfected my slow cooker corned beef. The secret ingredient is a can of beer in place of water, but here’s the deal, you have to save the last sip for yourself. Just trust me on this, okay.
What should I serve with it?
I always make sure to have a fresh loaf of rye bread and some kerrygold butter. Some pickles and spicy brown mustard is a must. My favorite accompaniment, an ice cold Irish beer such as Smithwicks or Guinness.
Corned beef isn’t readily available in supermarkets when it’s not close to St. Patricks Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it year round. I always make sure to purchase a couple extras and freeze them.
What should I do with leftovers?
Oh the possibilities! You haven’t lived if you haven’t had corned beef and eggs. Make yourself a nice omelet stuffed with corned beef, add a slice of Swiss cheese if you have it. If you’re not a fan of eggs, make some corned beef hash. Don’t want corned beef for breakfast? Make yourself a corned beef on rye sandwich. You can take it up a notch and make it a reuben. Add some sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing. The possibilities are endless.
Easy Slow Cooker Corned BeefPrint Recipe
- Slow Cooker
- 4 lb corned beef flat cut
- 8 carrots peeled
- 2 yellow onions quartered
- 1 lbs red potatoes quartered
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 can light beer
- 1 cabbage small, quartered
- 1 cup water
- Open corned beef package. Remove seasoning packet. Rinse corned beef with cold water.
- Trim off large chunks of fat from corned beef.
- Add corned beef to crockpot.
- Open season packet and sprinkle on top of corned beef.
- Add potatoes, carrots, and onions.
- Pour in one can of beer and water. (If you do not want to use beer, you can add 16 ounces of water)
- Add two bay leaves.
- Cook on high for 5 hours.
- With one hour remaining, add cabbage.
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