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The community dinners are a thing of wonder and delight.  It’s constantly amazing how when you say potluck, people make awesome stuff they would rarely make any other day.  And when that potluck is on St Patrick’s Day, well you know it’s going to be stuff they really only make once a year.

I made corned beef.  A first for me.  Well, not really.  I tried to make corned beef years ago and it was such a dismal failure that I gave it up.  Really, it’s been maybe 20 years!  Oh, I hate that I can say “remember when 20 years ago…”

Which reminds me, I have gotten 2 emails in the last 2 weeks from college friends with something they’ve scanned to remind me of my past.  Holy crap I was young!

I was 18 or 19 in this picture.  That was more than 20 years ago!

I digress, forgive me.  I’ve lost some control of my faculties.  St Paddy’s Day.  Oh right.  The great corned beef debacle of 1991…

Fast forward to this week.  I’m having 20 people over for dinner and I’ve committed to making corned beef.  I have to do a dry run before I sully my reputation as the great home cook that I like to think I am.  So, I peruse the internet and as usual take a little idea from here and an idea from there.  And sure enough, this is easy stuff.  I don’t know how I bungled it so badly before, but I’m liking what I did this time.

And to be perfectly honest, I’m not so sure I should share this recipe.  It’s a bit of an advanced maneuver.  Really, have you got a bridge 😉

It’s this easy.  Really.
Crockpot.
red potatoes, chopped. drop in the bottom of the crockpot
corned beef, trim if you want. place on top of potatoes
pour in 1 beer, medium ale worked best
add pickling spices (I added 2 packets or 2-3T)
pour in enough water to just cover corned beef
Turn crockpot to high for 1 hour, then reduce heat to low for 8-9 hours.
ta-dah! You’re hailed as a culinary genius (if only in your own head)

There was more cabbage that you would normally eat in a lifetime.  There’s going to be a serious gas leak in this town tonight.  But it was all awesome, ranging from slaw with apples and seaweed to traditional cabbage to brussel sprouts with prosciutto.  Then there was dessert.  3 different pies.  All quite different and all yummy.  I’m falling into a food coma and I need to go to bed.  But I just had to brag and share what a great evening we had.

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