Irish Beef and Cabbage

The Delightful Irish Beef and CabbageMy family and I are proudly Irish-American. My dad got his Irish citizenship a few years ago, and, for over 10 years, he has served as the President of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta. This year, he is stepping down, and as his last big event, he hosted the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Kick-Off breakfast…which the Prime Minister of Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, attended! It was the Prime Minister’s first trip to the US, and he kicked it off with the St. Patrick’s Day weekend celebrations in Atlanta. So cool! I was lucky enough to be in Atlanta for the breakfast, and I got this snazzy picture with my family and the Prime Minister. (From left to right, my aunt, Mom, Dad, me, Grandma, Prime Minister, and another aunt)The Delightful at the Irish Chamber Breakfast with the Prime MinisterIn a much quieter celebration at home, I wanted to make the traditional Irish meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage but ran into a problem: my husband hates Corned Beef and Cabbage. I was stumped by this apparent hatred since he happily eats and enjoys beef stew and beef cooked in a crock pot with vegetables. I did some research and found that Corned Beef is actually pickled beef. The brine that makes a traditional corned beef actually pickles the meat over a few days. I decided to develop a recipe that was reminiscent of the traditional Irish beef and cabbage without the super salty flavor you can get from pickling. Instead of brining the beef, I salted it before cooking and seasoned the whole crock pot with pickling spice. I also used flank steak, a less fatty cut than is traditionally used, to keep it lean. I added a ton of cabbage and carrots to make this dish veggie heavy. Fortunately, my riff on the Irish Beef and Cabbage was a success!

Irish Beef and Cabbage

Serves 4

  • 1.5 lb flank steak
  • 1 head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 bag of baby carrots
  • 3 red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 onion, quartered and sliced
  • 2 tbsp pickling spice
  • 2 tbsp coarse salt
  • 2 c beef stock
  • 1 tbsp butter

Rub beef with salt.The Delightful Irish Beef and CabbageAdd cabbage, carrots, potatoes and onion to the crock pot.The Delightful Irish Beef and CabbageSprinkle pickling spice over all.The Delightful Irish Beef and CabbageLay beef over the top. Add beef stock.The Delightful Irish Beef and CabbageCook for 8-10 hours on low. In the last hour of cooking, dot beef with butter. To serve, add tons of cabbage and carrots to a plate or bowl. Add 1-2 slices of potato. Top with some of the flank steak (which should be falling-apart-tender), and spoon some of the juice over all.The Delightful Irish Beef and Cabbage

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment *