Pinch Me! St. Patrick's Day Meal
Updated: Mar 22, 2021
Corned beef and cabbage, Utah scones, and homemade mint brownies!
I am a quarter Irish, or so my grandma told me this one time. Makes sense. I don't naturally have red hair or a bad temper (who's seen The Quiet Man?) but I am pretty quick with a comeback. I'm also part German. I'm told Germans don't like to put up with much guff either though. Regardless of which of my ancestors gave me my sassy mouth, I love St. Patrick's Day. Any excuse to celebrate, I'm there for.
Listen you don't have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick's Day! Beer, food, the color green....pinching people. That can work both ways. Someone bothering you? *pinch* Oops! I didn't see you wearing green. Hot guy? *pinch* I don't need to explain that one do I?
This year I decided to do a super traditional meal in the crockpot, corned beef, with carrots, potatoes, and cabbage. I took the corned beef out for the last 30 minutes and added a glaze to it and let it cook a bit longer in the oven. I also made Utah scones as a side. If you haven't had Utah scones, they are basically super easy fry bread. A little sweet on their own, but the perfect compliment to the traditional salty corned beef. Because I'm American at heart, I made a basic brown gravy to go with it all. For dessert I made the perfect homemade brownies and a green mint frosting to top them with.
•Corned Beef with carrots, potatoes, and cabbage•
What you need:
•Corned Beef with seasoning packet
•Darker brewed beer 6oz. (Totally don't have to add beer, just substitute with more water)
•4 cups of water
•1 head of cabbage
•Red potatoes (though yellow or russet would be just fine)
• 1/3 cup of brown sugar
•2 tablespoons reserved liquid from cooked corn beef
•1 tablespoon prepared mustard
•1/3 cup ketchup
•3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
*Optional, a packet of brown gravy
*Click on any of the pictures below to enlarge
Ok so start with your crockpot. You're going to put your corned beef in your crockpot, add four cups of water, and your beer. Open the seasoning packet, and pour that over your corned beef. Turn your crockpot on high, put the lid on and let it cook for four hours.
After four hours, clean your carrots and potatoes. If you went with larger potatoes like I did, cut them into bite sized pieces. Arrange them around the beef, and put the lid back on and continue cooking on high for another 3 and a half hours.
So after 3 and a half hours, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Move your beef from the crockpot to a baking dish that's been sprayed with cooking spray. You're going to mix up your glaze and pour it over your corned beef. Put it in the oven uncovered, on middle rack, and cook for 30 minutes.
While the meat is cooking, wash your cabbage, and cut it into 4 wedges. Place those wedges in the crock pot, shake some salt and pepper over the top. Put the lid on the they should be all done in 30 minutes when the meat is done!
•If you are making the Utah scones, start those now! Directions below!
After 30 minutes (8 hours total cooking time) everything should be done! If you aren't making the scones, just cook up that gravy and serve!
•Follow this up with some tasty mint brownies! Recipe below.
What you need:
•1/2 cup warm water
•1/2 teaspoon white sugar
•2 tablespoons yeast
•1 1/2 cups warm milk
•2 tablespoons vegetable oil (plus enough to fill the bottom 2 inches of a pot for frying)
•3 teaspoons white sugar
•1/4 cup water
•2 teaspoons salt
• 4 cups of flour (plus more for flouring surface and rolling dough)
I start by taking a large pot, and on medium heat, I heat up 2 inches of oil for frying. While that's heating up, I dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of white sugar in 1/2 cup of warm water, and stir in 2 tablespoons of yeast. Set aside. In another bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups of warm milk, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 3 teaspoons white sugar, and 1/4 cup of water. Pour both mixtures together. Stir gently.
In a large bowl sift together flour and salt. Pour your liquid mixture into the flour mixture and stir until it's all mixed together. Turn onto a floured surface and knead the dough, adding any additional flour needed to make it soft. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
Roll that dough out until it's about a half inch thick. Cut the dough. I used a pizza cutter and just went diagonal in both directions.
Put them in your warmed oil. Don't crowd them. Let them have room for the oil to get around on all sides. Once they are golden on one side, flip them over. This may take a little trial and error. If you cook them too long, they will actually end up hollow inside. Cook a few and check the middles to make sure they are perfect. Once they are done, let them cook on a plate lined with paper towels to get any excess oil off. That's it! My family loves these things!
I served these together with the brown gravy and this meal was such a hit! The meat is tender and incredibly flavorful. The soft crispiness of the Utah scones mixed with all the flavors is just delicious!
•Brownies with Mint Frosting•
What you need:
•1 cup butter
•2 cups white sugar
•4 whole eggs
•2 teaspoons vanilla
•2/3 cup cocoa powder
•1 cup flour
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/2 teaspoon baking powder
•6 tablespoons softened butter
•2 cups powdered sugar
•1 tablespoon milk
•mint extract to taste
•green food dye
These are so easy and they are hands down the best brownies I've ever had. The mint frosting gives it that yummy edge!
Start by setting your oven to 350. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. In a saucepan on low/med heat, melt your cup of butter. Once its melted, move it off the heat.
Next, all you have to do is add the rest of the ingredients in the order they are listed and stir until just mixed together. Pour your batter into your sprayed pan, and bake for 25 minutes. Check them at 25 minutes. They should be gooey, but not raw. Do not overcook these babies.
Let them cool completely while you make your frosting. Just add all the frosting ingredients together and mix with a hand mixer until smooth.
People love a lot of mint, and people hate a lot of mint. I start by adding 1/8 teaspoon of the mint and taste from there.
You can add green dye or not, but white mint frosting seems too close to toothpaste to me, so I won't eat your toothpaste brownies.
At this point my 11 year old son was circling the kitchen island like a vulture waiting for something to die, so I only have this one picture of these brownies. But they are delicious!
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