10 March, 2010

Celebrating...corned beef and cabbage

We are exactly a week away from St. Patrick's Day. Last week I celebrated a St. Paddy's day dessert, so this week, I thought I'd celebrate the traditional corned beef and cabbage. When you think corned beef, you think 3-4 hours simmering the corned beef, but Paula Deen has offered up a quick, fast and in a hurry version that only takes about 20 minutes. I think this is what I will be cooking next week.

Here's the link to Paula's video:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/corned-beef-cabbage/1490.html

Here's the recipe (taken from foodnetwork.com)

Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage
by Paula Deen

Ingredients:

* 4 slices bacon
* 4 tablespoons butter
* 1 head green cabbage, coarsely chopped
* Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
* 1 can corned beef

Directions:
Cook the bacon in large pot over medium heat until almost crisp. Remove the bacon from the pot and set aside. Melt the butter in the pot with the bacon grease. Add the cabbage, stirring well to coat the cabbage in fat. Add about 1/3 cup water, and salt and pepper, to taste. Cover pot with a lid, and cook over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, chop the bacon into small pieces.

Remove the lid from the pot, and scatter chunks of corned beef and chopped bacon over top of the cabbage. Cover and cook until desired doneness. I personally like a little bit of crunch left to the cabbage.

Tip: Cabbage is one of those vegetables that naturally contains water in its leaves. Begin by adding just a small amount of water. As cabbage cooks, if it needs more liquid, then add more water.

Don't forget to add what you need to your shopping list so that you can enjoy a great meal for St. Patrick's Day!!

Celebrate...the green!

Luv Ya!!
Pixxa

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