I honestly can’t tell you how many times a year he asks for it. I lose count. I want to be a good wife and give it to him but I just don’t like it very much. But as many of us know, you need to compromise in a relationship. So dutifully, I promised him that I would give it to him once a year whether I enjoyed it or not.
It only seems appropriate that he got it on St. Patrick’s Day, the luckiest day of the year. Yes, today would be the day I make him Corned Beef!!!
I’m not sure what I don’t like about corned beef. I think a lot has to do with the fact that you just take the meat, add spices and liquid and let it cook for hours. It doesn’t feel like cooking to me. I also hate meals that I can’t season along the way.
As much as I love my husband, I can’t make the cabbage with the corned beef. I haven’t found a way to cook it so it doesn’t smell up your house. If any of you have a suggestion, I would welcome it with open arms (and sinuses). My cabbage compromise is to make coleslaw. I know it is not traditional but once again we were trying to reach a middle ground.
- 1 boneless flat- cut, corned beef brisket with
- Seasoning* packet (2-1/2 to 3 pounds)
- 3 ribs celery, cut into 3-inch pieces
- 2 medium onions cut into quarters
- 2 cups apple juice
- 1 bay leaf
- -Place celery and onions in 4-1/2- to 5-1/2-quart slow cooker; top with corned beef brisket.
- -Sprinkle contents of seasoning packet over brisket.
- -Add apple juice and bay leaf. If it isn’t completely covered, add water until it is covered.
- -Cover; cook on high 6 to 7 hours, or on low 9 to 10 hours, or until brisket is fork-tender. (No stirring is necessary during cooking.)
- -Remove brisket and carve diagonally across the grain into thin slices.
- *If your corned beef does not come with a seasoning packet, you can make one with pickling spice, peppercorns, garlic and bay leaf.
*If your corned beef does not come with a seasoning packet, you can make one with pickling spice, peppercorns, garlic and bay leaf.
Overall, I liked the meal more than I remembered. The corned beef was moist with just the right amount of saltiness. The delicate spices burst through and it was tasty.
I guess I may have to give in and let him have it more than once a year!