St Patrick's Day - what are you making?

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Re: St Patrick's Day - what are you making?

Postby JaneG » Mar 17, 2009 9:41 pm

Just bringing up an old post because the recipe forums have been SO S-L-O-W. Who made corned beef and cabbage today for St. Patty's Day????

I did last weekend because I generally do easy stuff during the week and cook big fun stuff on the weekend. So I did two briskets on Saturday and DH has been eating leftovers since then. He finished the last of the corned beef and mashed potatoes tonight for supper. (He doesn't do cooked cabbage, but I like it.)

Lesson Learned: Don't throw everything in the pressure cooker. I absolutely LOVE my pressure cooker, especially for meats and for pea soup. But this time I decided to throw the potatoes and cabbage in the pressure cooker with the corned beef. I knew the cabbage cooks fairly quickly, but I didn't want to mess with an extra pot on the stove, so in it went with the rest. Well, 50 minutes later the beef was PERFECTLY falling apart good, the potatoes were ready to mash . . . . . but the cabbage was completely MUSH. I ate a little bit, but threw the rest away, all the flavor was cooked out of it, it was just stringy shreds formerly known as cabbage. So next year, I may use the pressure cooker for the meat and potatoes, but I won't mind dirtying another pot for cooking the cabbage separately! :D

Hope you all had a great St. Patrick's Day!!! This is irish beer! :beer:
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Re: St Patrick's Day - what are you making?

Postby caliloo » Mar 18, 2009 5:33 am

What fun that you brought this back to the top! It was a nice little trip down memory lane, since I am no longer working as a Private Chef. The insurance requirements changed and it became prohibitive for me to continue the business.

I actually DID make Corned Beef and Cabbage last night - with the carrots, parsnips, etc - and absolutely loved it. One DS ate a bit of everything and theo other still looked horrified when he realized the meat was in the same pot as the veggies :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I still have a tiny piece fo the Irish Soda Bread left, but it is so good I think I will make another one today and I did try a new recipe for dessert this year. They are absolutely TO DIE FOR!

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes
CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS
1 cup Guinness
1 stick, plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (preferably Dutch-process)
2 cups dark brown sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to 350; line 24 muffin cups with cupcake liners.
2. Combine the Guiness and the butter, chopped into 1-inch chunks, in a large sauce pan and heat to melt the butter.
3. Remove from heat, and whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Let cool slightly.
4. In a bowl, whisk the sour cream and the eggs and vanilla, then add to the beer mixture.
5. Sift together the flour and baking soda, and fold in the batter.
6. Pour into muffin molds and bake for 17-24 minutes, or until inserted cake tester comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes, remove from muffin tins and cool completely on a rack.
GANACHE FILLING INGREDIENTS
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon Irish whiskey (optional)
METHOD
1. Chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heatproof bowl.
2. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then stir until smooth. (If this has not sufficiently melted the chocolate, heat it for 20 seconds in the microwave, watching carefully).
3. Add the butter and whiskey and stir until combined.
4. Let ganache cool until thick but soft enough to to piped.
4. Use a 1-inch cookie cutter or apple corer to cut the centers out of the cooled cupcakes. Go about 2/3 of the way down.
5. Put the ganache into a piping bag with a wide tip and fill the holes in each cupcake to the top.
BAILEYS FROSTING INGREDIENTS
3 to 4 cups confections sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 to 4 tablespoons Baileys
1 teaspoon vanilla
METHOD:
1. Whip the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, for several minutes. You want to get it very light and fluffy.
2. Stir in the vanilla. Add the Baileys.
3. Slowly add the powdered sugar and whip until smooth and fluffy
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Re: St Patrick's Day - what are you making?

Postby LucyGoose » Mar 18, 2009 11:46 am

I also made a huge pot of corned beef.....seems one is never enough, even if is is just two of us.....so I made 2 big hunks of meat and now we will be eating it for days like we wanted....We love Irish soda bread!!
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Re: St Patrick's Day - what are you making?

Postby Spider » Mar 18, 2009 5:29 pm

:lol: I'll give you my menu for the whole day. :lol: For breakfast I had 3 brownies that I made the night before. Lunch was one Mc Donalds cheeseburger, plain. Dinner was jelly beans and potato chips. That's it! (oh and a strip of green peeps - the chicks) :lol:
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Re: St Patrick's Day - what are you making?

Postby LucyGoose » Mar 18, 2009 7:03 pm

Spider wrote::lol: I'll give you my menu for the whole day. :lol: For breakfast I had 3 brownies that I made the night before. Lunch was one Mc Donalds cheeseburger, plain. Dinner was jelly beans and potato chips. That's it! (oh and a strip of green peeps - the chicks) :lol:


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Re: St Patrick's Day - what are you making?

Postby newtohosta-no more » Mar 29, 2009 11:17 am

:lol: That really does sound like a disgusting day of food. :lol: High sugar content, high fat content, and high sodium content! Is that the new food pyramid? :lol: :lol:

Alexa...I'm going to print out that cupcake recipe for my DD. That has all the things she loves! :wink:
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Re: St Patrick's Day - what are you making?

Postby Ginger » Apr 01, 2009 5:35 pm

I just read this post. It is weird because I made Corned Beef and Cabbage last week!!! I have not made that in over 10 years because my DH hates corned beef :eek: Silly man.... I made a small beef and big pot of cabbage (he likes the cabbage) and ate till I could not eat anymore, then froze the rest. YUM it was sooo good.... I am not waiting another 10 years before I eat it again :lol: :lol: I never ever associated it with St Patrick's Day though... No Irish American in my blood :-?

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