corned beef and cabbage St. Patrick's day feast with potatoes, beer bread, carrots, more

Can’t make it to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day this year? Make this super easy incredibly delicious St. Patrick’s Day meal at home and you’ll feel like you’ve landed right smack dab in the middle of the Emerald Isle for the day!

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why I love this St. Patrick’s Day feast

  1. Irish food is substantial and hearty, it’s great comfort food! Not only that, but this meal is really tasty! The family flocks to my house for dinner on this decidedly Irish holiday!
  2. It’s SO easy! If you aren’t much of a cook I’ve got great news. Anyone can make this meal, it’s that easy! Prep the meat, toss it in the oven with the vegetables, mix up the beer bread batter and pop that in the oven, cut up a little cabbage and sauté it in a skillet and you have a fantastic meal that will be the envy of your neighborhood!
corned beef and cabbage St. Patrick's day feast with potatoes, beer bread, carrots, more
St. Patrick’s day feast with potatoes, beer bread, carrots, corned beef, and cabbage, my favorite meal!

While this meal is super simple, it is a bit time consuming due to the cooking time of the roast. Just take the afternoon off of work, put on some festive Irish Folk Music, and fill your home with the delightful smells of this super easy St. Patrick’s Day meal!

Did you know that you can listen to Irish Folk Music any time via satellite on Radio Garden? Here’s a link to my favorite station out of Sligo!

My easy Irish St. Patrick’s Day meal at a glance:

  • corned beef: Is corned beef a traditional Irish dish? Not exactly, but if done right it IS delicious! Corned beef is part of the Irish-American culture. What do they actually eat in Ireland then? Boiled bacon. The bacon you’ll find across the way is a tad different. Irish bacon is traditionally made from the back of the pig as opposed to the pork belly commonly used in American bacon. If you can get your hands on a slab, go for it but where I live in the Midwest Region of the US I can’t find it, and besides, my corned beef recipe is delicious!
  • sautéed cabbage: Bacon and cabbage (Irish: bagún agus cabáiste) is a dish traditionally associated with Ireland.
  • sweet roasted carrots and roasted potatoes
  • beer bread: While traditional Irish soda bread is more “traditional,” I love the rich flavor of beer bread, and I mean the Irish like beer too, right? Don’t forget to pick up some Kerrygold butter! Kerrygold Butter is made from the milk of Irish grass-fed cows which give this golden butter a silky and creamy flavor.
  • secret sauce (sour cream and stone ground mustard)
sauteed cabbage, delicious and easy St. Patrick's Day feast
sautéed cabbage, a delicious side for this easy St. Patrick’s Day feast
3 ingredient beer bread and butter, easy St. Patrick's day meal
3-ingredient beer bread

why bake the roast?

I used to toss mine roast in the crock pot and make slow cooker corned beef but I’m not a big fan of soggy meat and veggies. Then I found this recipe and it was a game changer. If you can’t be at home for a few hours to prepare this meal, then by all means take some of the tips from this article and find a good instant pot, pressure cooker, or crock pot recipe. I tossed mine out!

Here are the only recipes you’ll need to make this delightful St. Patrick’s Day feast:

easy baked corn beef roast for a St. Patrick's Day feast
corned beef and cabbage meal

baked Corned Beef Roast

This super simple corned beef and cabbage meal is so delicious and easy to make you won’t want to wait until next St. Patrick’s Day!

prep time: 40 minutes ⌛ cook time: 2.5 – 3 hours 🍴 serves: 4-6 🍴 meal: anytime

ingredients for baked corned beef:

  • 3 pounds corned beef brisket
  • spice packet included with the brisket (don’t like the flavors? toss it!)
  • 1/4 cup stone ground mustard or hot sweet honey mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 lb. baby carrots or whole carrots
  • small potatoes halved
  • oil, salt & pepper

directions:

Corned beef can be very salty. To remove some of the salt before baking place the roast, fat side up, in a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Discard the water and repeat the process with fresh water. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet or pan with aluminum foil. Scatter the halved potatoes and carrots on the foil, drizzle with oil and then salt and pepper the vegetables to taste. Place a rack over the vegetables. This will allow the juices from the roast to season the vegetables as it cooks.

Place the roast on the rack, fat side up, and spread the mustard and brown sugar on the roast. If you are using the seasoning packet that came with the roast sprinkle it over the top. Wrap the entire baking sheet/pan with aluminum foil, leaving some space between the roast and the foil. Bake for 2.5 to 3 hours. If you want to brown the top, remove the foil and place roast under the broiler for 2-3 minutes. Allow the meat to rest for 5 minutes and slice against the grain to serve. Easy!

secret sauce ingredients:

mix mustard or horseradish to taste into sour cream. It’s a delicious topping for the meat and vegetables.

ingredients for the sautéed cabbage:

  • Extra virgin olive oil or butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large head cabbage, sliced into 3/8-inch to 1/2-inch slices
  • Salt
  • optional: cook diced bacon in the skillet first and then use the bacon grease in place of the oil/butter, top with cooked bacon

directions:

  • About 20 minutes before the roast is done sauté the cabbage and onion in oil, butter, or bacon grease.
place a rack over the vegetables and then the corned beef roast on top of the rack. this will allow the juices from the roast to season the vegetables.
place a rack over the vegetables and then the corned beef roast on top of the rack. this will allow the juices from the roast to season the vegetables.
downloadable printable easy corned beef recipe
easy corned beef recipe
3 ingredient beer bread recipe, simple easy St. Patrick's day meal

3 ingredient beer bread

This beer bread is super simple, and super delicious!

prep time: 5 minutes ⌛ cook time: 40 minutes 🍴 serves: 4-6 🍴 meal: hearty side

ingredients:

  • 3 cups self rising flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (more or less to taste
  • 1- 12 oz beer

for serving:

Kerry Gold Butter

directions:

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for 40 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely before slicing.

Note: Don’t have self rising flour on hand? Make your own: For every 1 cup of all purpose flour mix in 1 1/2 tsp. of baking powder and 1/4 tsp. of salt.

Click the link to to download, print, view PDF document:

downloadable printable easy 3 ingredient beer bread recipe
easy 3-ingredient beer bread recipe

more St. Patrick’s Day recipes

Here are a few additional food recipes you may be interested in adding to your holiday festivities:

St. Patrick’s Day desserts:

We usually don’t have room for dessert but if you want some recipe ideas here are a few traditional Irish desserts:

Oh how I love Ireland with it’s wonderful people and more than its fair share of the most serene and stunning landscapes on the planet! While I DO love Ireland, my favorite dogs are of the Scottish persuasion and EVERYONE is our house participates in the werin’ o’ the green!

Evie, my little wee Scottish lassie celebrating St. Patty's Day!
Evie, my little wee Scottish lassie celebrating St. Patty’s Day!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which corned beef brisket should I buy?

When in the store you’ll likely be confronted with two choices of corned beef brisket, the flats or the points. The flat cut has more meat and less fat, and therefore costs a bit more. I’m usually cooking for a crowd so I buy the flat cut. On a budget? Pick up a point cut roast!

Why is corned beef red or pink in color?

The nitrates used in the process of converting a roast into corned beef are responsible for its pink or red color. Beef cured without nitrates or nitrites has a gray color and is sometimes called “New England corned beef.”

Why is it called “corned beef”?

The brisket is salt-cured with large-grained rock salt, also called “corns” of salt.

Is Corned Beef Irish?

Production of corned beef started in the British Isles in the 17th century. The majority of the corned beef was sourced from cattle reared in Ireland and Scotland. Irish port cities, such as Dublin, Belfast, and Cork, became home to large-scale beef curing and packing industries. While corned beef production was heavily centered in Ireland, the Irish consumed very little meat during this period in history. After the 19th century Irish immigration to the United States, ethnic Irish immigrants began to consume corned beef over the traditional back bacon due to corned beef being considered a luxury product in their native land, while it was cheap and readily available in the United States. (source: Wikipedia)

Who was Saint Patrick?

Saint Patrick (Irish: Pádraig) was a Christian missionary in Ireland in the 5th-century. When he was about sixteen, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland. He eventually was able to escape Ireland but later returned as a missionary. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Pagan Ireland and was subsequently made a saint in the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, the Church of Ireland, and in the Eastern Orthodox Church. (source: Wikipedia)

Why do we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?

March 17 is the supposed date of death of Saint Patrick. St. Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig), is an official feast day of several Christian religions but also a festive secular holiday where we celebrate everything Irish! Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. Celebrations often include parades and festivals, drinking green beer (in the US), and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.

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