March 12, 2012

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

No more embarrassing, dirty house pictures!  Did you by chance check out the after pictures?  You should!  Everything has been put back to normal and life as we know it is moving on in the right direction.

Now for a recipe.

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
Yield: 6 servings

  • 1 small yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 3 carrots, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound small red potatoes, halved if large - I didn't have any and I wished I did
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 3 - 4 pound corned beef brisket, plus pickling spices
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 -2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 12 ounces dark beer - Guinness should do the trick
  • 1/2 head of cabbage, cut into 1 1/2-inch wedges
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • grainy mustard, for serving
  1. In a 5 - 6 quart slow-cooker, place celery, carrots, onion, potatoes, and thyme.  Place corned beef, fat side up on top of vegetables.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together your pickling spices, 1/4 cup cider vinegar, 1/4 cup brown sugar , 1 - 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.  Pour over the corned beef.
  3. Pour in the beer.  Cover and cook on high until corned beef is tender, 4 1/2 hours (or 8 1/2 hours on low).  Arrange cabbage and apple over corned beef, cover and continue to cook until cabbage is tender, 45 minutes (or 1 1/2 hours on low).  Thinly slice corned beef against the grain and serve with vegetables, cooking liquid and grainy mustard.

Servings: 1
Calories:  845
Total Fat: 52.4
Carbohydrates: 34.9 mg.
Sodium:  3177 mg.
Protein:  52.6 g.

Are you as shocked as I am by the amount of calories in this dish?  Corned beef alone has around 680 calories.  Yikes!  It's a good thing I'm not really a fan of corned beef and if you are a fan, it's a good thing St. Patrick's Day is only once a year!

Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?  Is there a special dish you make to celebrate?


  1. Mmmm, I'm always looking for slow cooker recipes. I feel sure that there'd be more healthy eating if people would only use those grandmotherly crockpots! Food of the future for sure!

  2. A bit shocked on the calories, but the urge the eat this is more intense. Having this once in a while is not bad. Yummy! =)

  3. Ha! Loved all your pictures! And nice work cleaning :) Wish I could say the same for my house...

    Recipe looks fantastic!

  4. Oh, how I wish my half Irish hubby would like corned beef...yours looks marvelous! No, I never realized the calories in this wonder I love it :)

  5. The calories are shocking, but it's a once a year treat. This looks really great.

  6. Your blog cracks me up and I've got a lot of love for the slow cooker corned beef and cabbage.

    I wouldn't dare photograph my mess. Honestly. I have a bra sitting on top of checks to deposit, next to 3 recipes I've printed out, a dog ball, a screwdriver, 3 earrings. (3?) a camera and a pen. That's just where I'm sitting now! argh.

  7. I love love corned beef and cabbage! My hubby and I for several years made lamb stew and Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's Day. But lately we have not done anything. I am thinking about making him a stout cake this weekend, does that count? His birthday was this week:-) I love that you made the corned beef and cabbage in the slow cooker, so much easier with my busy life:-) Hugs, Terra

  8. Dee.....though I am not Irish, I AM originally from New England....and can you believe I've never made corned beef and cabbage or even pot roast?! You've inspired me though. And looking at your previous've inspired me to do a little spring cleaning this weekend! Yikes! You are a BRAVE woman! But your corned beef and cabbage....and your home....are looking good!!!!

  9. Great idea to do this in the slow cooker, Dee. I wouldn't eat corned beef for years because in my gran's house it came in square slices with congealed fat in the corners and was used for sandwich filling. I later discovered that proper corned beef can be food of the gods! Happy Paddy's Day!

  10. After seeing the amount of calories, I'm glad I'm not a big corn beef fan either! However, Yours does look delicious and it looks very healthy as well! Hope you had a great St. Patty's Day! BTW- You're a brave woman to provide pictures of your home! My befores are A LOT worse than yours, so no way will you see pictures on my site.

  11. I have yet to make my corned beef. I guess sometime around St Patty's day is ok. I will have to make sure we keep the servings small. 220 calories for 4 ounces, is a bit high. But I really enjoy it. It reminds me of St Patty's day when I lived with my parents.

    I am really craving the left over dishes though. Ruben sandwich. Oh my!

  12. wow! awesome beef cabbage, i really like veggies in any foods .
    good post! looks so classy hihi..


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