Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef
Everyone’s a little Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day, but not everyone has time to sit home watching a corned beef boiling on the stove. This version of the classic Saint Patrick’s Day dinner is a complete meal in one pot. The combination of apple, mustard and brown sugar gives it a tangy-sweet flavor that perks-up what sometimes can be a bland dish. The meal simmers, untended, all day in a slow cooker. For added convenience, ingredients may be prepared the evening before and refrigerated, then quickly put together in the morning.
While point-cut briskets are generally less expensive, supermarkets regularly put them on sale around St. Patrick’s Day, they are a fattier cut and will shrink during cooking, eliminating any savings. This recipe recommends the leaner, flat-cut briskets.
- 4 cups apple juice or apple cider
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon style mustard
- 5 – 6 pounds corned beef briskets, flat cut, with spice packet
- 1 pound carrots
- 1 medium-sized head of cabbage
- 2 pounds small red potatoes
- 2 large yellow onions
- 2 apples, Red Delicious or a similar variety
- Fresh sprigs of parsley, for garnish
- Combine apple juice or cider with brown sugar, mustard and spice packet from the corned beef in a 6- 8 quart slow cooker..
- Whisk ingredients until the brown sugar has dissolved. Immerse the corned beef briskets in the liquid, turning to coat both sides.
- Peel and cut carrots into large chunks.
- Remove core from the head of cabbage and cut into 8 wedges. Add carrots and cabbage to the slow cooker.
- Scrub the potatoes and add to the cooker, cutting larger potatoes in half.
- Peel and quarter the onions.
- Peel, core and quarter apples.
- Add onions and apples to the pot.
- Spoon some of the apple juice mixture over the vegetables. Cover pot. Cook on high, 4 to 5 hours, or on low, 8 to 10 hours, until meat is tender.
- To serve, slice corned beef against the grain and arrange on a platter.
- Surround with vegetables and garnish with a healthy sprig of parsley.