Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy St Patricks day! Whats for dinner?

I love a yummy corned beef dinner. Here is a St. Patrick's day menu that is sure to please.
We are having our good friends over for dinner to help us celebrate and enjoy the festivities and these items will be on our menu for sure.

Corned Beef Glazed in Honey and Mustard Dinner with Cabbage

Irish soda bread

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Corned Beef Glazed in Honey and Mustard Dinner with Cabbage

(makes 4+ servings)
Printable Recipe

1 2 pound corned beef brisket
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cabbage (cut into wedges)
2 carrots (peeled and sliced)
2 potatoes (peeled and cut in half)

1. Place the corned beef along with the spices into a large pan and cover with water.
2. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until fork tender, about 1 hour per pound.
3. Remove the beef from the water and pat dry, leaving the water in the pan.
4. Mix the honey and mustard and brush onto the top of the beef.
5. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the beef.
6. Bake in a preheated 400F oven for 20-30 minutes bringing it to broil for the last few minutes to caramelize the glaze.
7. Meanwhile, place the vegetables in the pan with water and simmer until tender, about 20-30 minutes.
8. Slice the the beef again the grain and serve with the vegetables.

Irish Soda bread
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 cup buttermilk

1. Mix the flour, baking soda, salt and oats in a bowl.
2. Mix in the buttermilk and form a dough.
3. Shape the dough and place it on a baking sheet or in a loaf pan.
4. Bake in a preheated 375F oven for 40 minutes (the top should be golden brown).

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups sugar
1 cup stout
3 eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 pound confectioner's sugar

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two muffin tins (for 24 cupcakes) with paper liners.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, ginger, and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to combine melted butter, sugar, and stout. Add the eggs, one at a time. Stir in sour cream and vanilla. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until incorporated.

Divide batter evenly into paper-lined muffin tin. Bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating pans once, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and turn onto a wire rack. Let cool completely before icing.

In a medium mixing bowl, use an electric mixer on medium-high speed to beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Add heavy cream. Reduce speed to medium-low and gradually add confectioner's sugar. Top each cupcake with icing. Decorate with a dusting of cocoa powder.

(Thanks Closet cooking)
Some extra Fun information

Patrick was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. He entered the church, as his father and grandfather had before him, becoming a deacon and a bishop. He later returned to Ireland as a missionary, working in the north and west of the island. Legend credits Patrick with teaching the Irish about the concept of the Trinity by showing people the Shamrock,a three leaf clover, using it to highlight the Christian belief of 'three divine persons in the one God'. St. Patrick died in 493, and by the eighth century he had become the patron saint of Ireland.

Happy Saint Patrick's day
Enjoy your meal!

xoxo CC


  1. i am making corned beef and potatoes in the slow cooker today! i didn't even think of irish soda bread! rats! my hubby is german irish so this holiday is extra fun! have a great night tonight!!!

  2. Thanks bud. Hope you enjoyed your meal!


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