If you’re in charge of heading up your St. Patrick’s Day 2019 meal, don’t fret. The holiday dinner is a simple one to cook up with this easy six-part recipe. Below are the ingredients, kitchen tools, and all of the steps you will need to take in order to make a beginner-friendly St. Pat’s dinner of corned beef and cabbage.

Corned Beef Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of ginger ale
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 large white onion, sliced
  • 1, 4-pound corned beef brisket (with spice packet)

            (Note: This will easily feed up to 5 adults)

Tools:

  • 1 Crock-Pot or slow cooker
  • 1 meat thermometer
  • 1 large cutting board
  • 1 sharp knife (not serrated)

Steps:

  • Start by chopping your onion. You’ll want to leave the onion in large pieces so it is easier to remove after the beef is done. The onion is just there to add flavor, though, if you're so inclined, feel free to include it as part of your meal.
  • Next, remove the beef from its packaging and place it fat side up in the slow cooker. Then, add your chopped onion and the contents of the spice packet that comes with your beef into the pot. This is also where you will add in the ginger ale and water. You want your beef to be almost fully covered. If needed, add more liquid to the pot.
  • Next, set your crockpot to cook for 10-12 hours on low or 6-7 hours on high. You’ll know the corned beef is done when it is fork tender and the internal temperature reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit, per the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Services standards. 

Cabbage Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 1 head of cabbage, chopped
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Tools:

  • 1 large pot with strainer
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 sharp knife

Steps:

  • It is best to cook your cabbage separate from the corned beef. Start by filling up a large pot halfway with water and turn on your stovetop to high. Then, chop up the cabbage into bite-sized pieces.
  • Once the water is boiling, turn the stove to medium-high heat, put the cabbage into the pot and allow it to cook for up to 15 minutes.
  • When the cabbage is done, drain the excess water and add in the butter as well as a dash of salt or pepper, if desired.

Serve both the corned beef and cabbage immediately for the best-tasting results. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!