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Recipe: Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

This corned beef recipe can be done in a slow cooker or crockpot.

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Day — better known in some quarters as St. Patrick's Day — is coming right up. As made-up food holidays go, Corned Beef and Cabbage Day actually makes sense. March 17 is likely the only day of the year you'll be partaking in this fatty-delicious feast.

Oh, during the year you may have a few corned-beef sandwiches, the thin slices piled high on rye. However, the heaping plate of sliced corned beef accompanied by spicy mustard plus cabbage, potatoes and carrots, probably all boiled in beer, is usually a once-a-year experience.

And get this: Corned beef is as American as apple pie. It's not that it doesn't have vague Irish roots, but it just isn't a beloved holiday dish in Ireland.

Corned beef is still a bit of an unknown, despite its ubiquity at this time of year. What does corn have to do with it, anyway?

Nothing, really, if you are thinking of the stuff that grows as high as an elephant's eye. "Corned"means "brined,"which is what corned beef is. (Perhaps we should start saying "corned turkey"at Thanksgiving.)

Corned beef is usually beef brisket that has been cured in a brine of saltwater and spices, among them coriander seeds, peppercorns, mustard seeds and whole cloves. This recipe includes directions for a creamy horseradish sauce. That and spicy mustard will clear the head of anyone celebrating St. Patrick's Day, Irish or not.

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Makes 4 to 6 servings

2 stalks celery, halved

4 carrots

1 medium onion, cut in 4 wedges

4 to 6 red potatoes, quartered

1 (4-pound) corned-beef brisket

1 (12-ounce) bottle stout or dark ale

1 tablespoon corned-beef spices or pickling spices (or spices that come with the brisket)

1 medium head cabbage, cut into 6 wedges

Creamy horseradish sauce:

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup drained prepared horseradish

Salt and pepper to taste

Dash hot sauce

Grainy or spicy mustard for serving

1. Place celery, carrots, onion and potatoes in the bottom of a large slow cooker or Crock-Pot. Place the corned-beef brisket and place over vegetables. Add the bottle of stout, spices and enough water to just cover the meat. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 nine hours.

2.Remove the meat and vegetables from the pot and cover with foil to keep warm. Increase heat to high and cook cabbage until softened but still crispy, 20 to 30 minutes.

3. To make horseradish sauce, whip cream to soft peaks and then fold in sour cream and horseradish, to taste. Season with salt, pepper and a dash of hot sauce.

4. Slice brisket across the grain and serve with vegetables, mustard and horseradish sauce.

— Food Network

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