St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day was first celebrated in America in 1737 and has long been synonymous with celebration. Once confined to Irish neighborhoods, this March 17th holiday has grown dramatically in popularity over the years with over 100 U.S. cities hosting St. Patrick's Day parades this year.
Traditional Irish Blessing: "May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go!"
Corned Beef and Cabbage
1 corned beef brisket, about 4 lbs.
1 juice orange
18-20 whole cloves
1 tsp. whole yellow mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. caraway seeds
1/2 tsp. whole black peppercorns
1/2 tsp. whole coriander 3 lbs. small potatoes, peeled (I like to use Yukon Gold in this dish)
2 1/2 lbs. carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
1 medium head cabbage
Place corned beef in large stockpot. Wash orange, with peel on, then roll around on counter, pressing down to release the juice inside. Push whole cloves into the orange, scattering them randomly.
Cut orange in half, gently squeeze some of the orange juice onto the corned beef and place clove studded orange halves in the pot. Sprinkle spices over meat, then add enough water to cover.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until beef is tender, about 3 hours. Drain.
About 40 minutes before beef is finished, boil a large pot of water and cook potatoes and carrots. Add cabbage about 10 minutes before you're ready to serve as it doesn't need to cook long.
Drain vegetables. Arrange meat and vegetables on a platter and serve with your favorite mustards.
If your brisket came with a spice packet, you can use that instead of the mustard seeds, caraway seeds, peppercorns and coriander.
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