Avoid this St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Mistake

March 15, 2017

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day. Or as I like to call it, the annual reminder of when my roommate and I stunk up an entire apartment building.

It was 2009. My roommate, Al, and I were attempting to make St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and of course, beer. We decided we’d make it in the crock-pot for a few of our friends. It was an unseasonably warm day, so the crock-pot would allow us to enjoy beers on the balcony, instead of being stuck in a tiny apartment kitchen.

The recipe is hazy, but we dumped everything in the crock-pot and headed to work. Ten hours later, we headed home together to our apartment on 34th Street and 1st Ave. As we rose in the elevator to the 14th floor, a strange odor was getting more and more intense. When the doors opened at the 14th floor, it hit you like a bag of bricks.

We commented on how much the floor stunk, and then realized in horror the smell was coming from our apartment! Think I’m overexaggerating about the smell? Let’s put it this way – we received a phone call from our doorman of reports of strange odors coming from our apartment.

After we got settled in, we realized an important lesson – if you make corned beef and cabbage, you do not slow cook cabbage the entire day. Well then, how do you slow cook cabbage? You’ll place your corned beef, potatoes, and carrots into the slow cooker. Hold on to that cabbage and put it in for the last 90 minutes on high.

how to slow cook cabbage

If you are thinking of making St. Patrick’s Day dinner in the crock-pot and would prefer not to fail, I highly suggest this recipe from Skinnytaste. I made my corned beef dinner earlier this week (yes, that’s my meal!), and it turned out fantastic. I followed all of her instructions, minus the parsnips, and added just a bit more carrots. If any seasoning is included in your corned beef package from the grocery store, I recommend putting it in a cheese cloth or a tea infuser ball. If you do not have a crock-pot, I highly recommend getting one with a digital timer that will switch to warm after the cook time is complete. This feature is helpful for long days at the office!

Since I prefer roasted potatoes to boiled, I made this garlic-herb and parmesan roasted red potatoes recipe from Brown Eyed Baker.  I eliminated the butter step at the end to cut calories (yet had two helpings) but thought they were fantastic.

To top the meal off, I enjoyed a Guinness! If you are planning on buying any alcohol for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, remember that you can get money back on any alcohol purchases thanks to my new favorite app, bevRAGE.

Share with us your dinner fails – I’d love a good laugh (and know I’m not the only one who has made a big mistake in the kitchen!).

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