If you're not familiar with the Irish-American staple, corned beef, it's salt-cured meat that's either cut from a slab or preserved in a can. Given that corned beef tastes excellent as part of a breakfast hash, a lunchtime sandwich, or a dinnertime platter with cabbage, it's a versatile component that deserves to become a go-to for every meal. And seeing as it's possible to make corned beef in a slow cooker, it's even easier to incorporate this meat into everyday meals.
We found five recipes to make when you're in the mood for corned beef, from traditional corned beef and cabbage to a Reuben sandwich, to even tasty tacos. All but one of these recipes can prepare corned beef in a slow cooker, making it a simple way to deliver this comforting treat whenever you please.
The Recipe: Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
How to Make It: Heidi Larsen at Foodie Crush cooks three pounds of corned beef brisket alongside yellow onion, small potatoes, cabbage, thyme, and sour cream in the slow cooker for six hours. The meat gets extra tender courtesy of the two eight-ounce beers that are added in, too.
Keep in Mind: "Thinly slice the corned beef against the grain, and serve it with the vegetables, cooking liquid, and horseradish sauce," Larsen says.
The Recipe: Reuben Sandwich
How to Make It: Heidi Larsen at the Foodie Crush uses the aforementioned slow cooker recipe to make the corned beef extra tender for this sandwich option, which is made with buttered rye bread, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. The sandwich is heated on a frying pan until the cheese is melted.
Keep in Mind: "I use a cast iron skillet and cook my sandwiches over medium-low heat, just high enough to melt the cheese and gently toast the bread," Larsen says.
How to Make It: Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest also shows how irresistible corned beef brisket can be in a sandwich with this recipe. It's prepared in a slow cooker with Guinness beer, brown sugar, tomato paste, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, and garlic. When it's ready, the corned beef is stacked with a kale pesto slaw inside slices of French toast.
Keep in Mind: "There is going to be a lot of sauce left in the crockpot, and I highly recommend pouring it into a bowl to use for dipping," Gerard says.
The Recipe: Corned Beef Tacos
How to Make It: If you prefer a spicer spin on your corned beef, Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest recommends slow cooking the meat in paprika and chipotle chili for tacos. After it's prepared in a crockpot, she adds the meat to tortillas and tops it with sharp Irish cheddar, shredded cabbage, and a topping made with Greek yogurt, lime juice, and cilantro.
Keep in Mind: "Serve with fresh cilantro, limes, and beer-battered fries," she adds.
The Recipe: Corned Beef Hash Eggs Benedict
How to Make It: Jenny Park and Teri Lyn Fisher at Spoon Fork Bacon recommend serving up this decadent recipe for breakfast, which features corned beef in a hash alongside potatoes, onion, red bell peppers, and chives. The hash is layered onto an English muffin, followed by a poached egg, and plenty of warm hollandaise sauce. Yes, the corned beef isn't technically made in a slow cooker here, but you can still bust out your trusty appliance when needed.
Keep in Mind: "It's a little different than what you would see normally, but I prefer it because things get crispier and I like that texture in my hash," Park says.