St. Patrick’s Day Dinner: Corned Beef and Cabbage with Soda Bread

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I hope everyone is having a great St. Patrick’s Day!

I’ve been cooking corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s day for 3 years now. Although the cost of the meal pains me, it always turns out great!  The platter is always cleared and we typically have very little soda bread leftover.  My kids both ask for seconds and those of you with young kids know how impressive that is.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe:


  • 1 corned beef brisket with spice packet (~3lb)
  • 1 medium – large onion, cut into wedges
  • 5-6 potatoes, peeled cut into quarters
  • 1 pound carrots, cut or 1 bag baby carrots
  • 3 -4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 2 Tbs cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cabbage, cut into wedges
  • 3 cups water


  1. Place cut onion, potatoes, and carrots in crockpot. Combine water, garlic, sugar, vinegar, bay leaf, S/P, and spice packet in a small bowl. Pour over vegetables. Top with corned beef and cabbage.  Note: mine always seems to be almost overflowing with the cabbage.
  2. Cook on low until meat and vegetables are tender about 8 hours.
  3. Remove bay leaf before serving!

Irish Soda Bread Recipe:


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg

Additional ingredients during baking:

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Grease baking sheet.
  3. In large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Then stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and the egg.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes for best results.

Note: I freeze remaining buttermilk for later use.

The soda bread was cut in half before I got to the picture :)

See Melanie’s Irish Bread Recipe for another great addition to your dinner!

How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Thanks to All Recipes for a basis to these recipes!


  1. Heather says

    I'm posting on the FB page but you can do whatever you like with them. :) I'm so glad your St. Patrick's Day meal turned out so well! I love the soda bread, it's the perfect contrast to the spices on the meat & vegetables.

  2. Dana says

    It did go together nicely. Thank you for the recommendation! I look forward to seeing your pictures on facebook.


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