St. Patrick’s Day is a toast to the Irish

It’s March 17th as I write this and around my house, it’s time to celebrate the tiny bit of Irish blood that runs in my body, although the house mate is endowed with a great deal more.  We love eating foods that remind us of our trip to Ireland and scones, shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, and tea  are great favorites here. While corned beef and cabbage is more American than Irish, we have a go at it also.

I do have a recipe for you for my version of Corned Beef and Cabbage. While not strictly Irish, it is an Irish American dish that originated in New York City. The Irish immigrants used to make a dish with bacon and potatoes, but found that deli cut corned beef from the Jewish market was less expensive and filled the bill just fine. Likewise, cabbage was less dear than the potatoes, so they substituted. Now it’s a common dish in America.

My version of corned beef is baked rather than boiled, although I’ve also grilled it on a BBQ. As for the vegetable assortment, I’ve substituted root vegetables other than potatoes, all of which are lower in carbohydrates. Enjoy this variation on the American traditional dish.

Baked Corn Beef with Root Vegetables

Corned beef baked in Guinness is the best and so simple to do. The cabbage mixes with a delicious assortment of root vegetables to substitute in for the potatoes and bring an assortment of flavors.

1 Corned Beef brisket, about 3 to 4 pounds
1 bottle of Guinness stout
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Preheat over to 325 degrees.

In an ovenproof pot (I use my cast iron pot), add the olive oil and heat. Add 2 tablespoons of crushed garlic and stir. Put the corned beef in, fatty side down and cook for about 10 minutes to sear the meat, then turn the beef over and sear the top side. Flip it over again, add the Guinness, cover and remove the pot to the middle of the oven. Cook for 2 hours. Check for tenderness. If a fork goes in easily, then flip the corned beef over and leave the lid off, so that the fatty side on the top can now brown in the oven. Add 1 cup of water if the liquid in the pot is getting low. Cook for another 40 to 60 minutes. Start your vegetables on the stove at this time.

St. Patrick’s Root Vegetables

1 cabbage, 5-1/2″ to 6″ head, cut into 8 wedges
2 cups of cubed turnips (about 1×1 cubes)
2 cups of cubed kohlrabi
2 cups of cubed rutabagas
2 cups of cubed golden beets
2 drops of sucralose or 1 packet of Splenda
1 cup of beef broth or bouillon
Salt and pepper to taste
Corned beef spices tied in a cheesecloth (usually come with the corned beef)

Bring a pot of water to a boil, add 2 drops of sucralose, broth, and seasonings, reduce to a medium heat then add beets, rutabagas and kohlrabi to cook. If turnip is very porous and tender when you cut it, add it about 10 minutes later. Otherwise, add at the same time as the other vegetables. Cook vegetables about 40 minutes, fork testing for tenderness. When almost done, add the cabbage wedges and cook another 5 to 8 minutes until the cabbage is just tender.

Makes 8 servings

Nutrition Information for Vegetables per serving:
Calories: 74 Fat: 0.5 g Net Carbs: 10 g Protein: 3.4 g

Tip: Don’t cook your cabbage until you’re ready to serve it. If you expect to have two or three servings left over, then save the cabbage to cook when you reheat the vegetables and broth. This will keep it from getting too soggy.

I’d like to wish everyone a  wonderful and safe St. Patrick’s Day, I would like to point you to some of the delicious recipes on the site to help you celebrate in style.

Start with breakfast and this delicious Corned Beef Benedict.  This is  delicious start to the day or a great brunch item.  You can serve it on a muffin in a minute or serve it without bread at all.


You can also try  a Corned Beef Hash for your morning start or have
it the day after if you have left over corned beef.  It uses low carb vegetables in place of the potatoes, so you can enjoy this great dish without guilt.


LC Irish Soda Bread -It takes a little work and some special flours, but you can enjoy Irish Soda Bread without running the carbs too high. I use low carb baking mix and nut flours to make a delicious loaf.

Scones are a fantastic breakfast or tea option.  I love them and make them frequently.  In fact, I am planning to publish a little book of scone variations that might amaze you. They’re very flexible. Here’s a basic Scone recipe. 

Like a seafood option? Dublin Lawyer is a traditional Irish preparation of lobster that is quite tasty and reminds me of lobster thermidor.


Don’t forget the recent addition to this list of Irish Style Pork Stew that is absolutely delicious. And it cooks fairly quickly.



For dessert, you could try a nice Irish Apple Cake that is very good when served with whipped cream.  It’s simple to make and just needs a little low carb  baking mix and almond flour to make. Both the coconut flour and Vanilla Whey protein powder in the recipe are optional.

Another dessert option is an Irish Cream Cheesecake. This one is small and delicious.  You can make your own low carb Irish Cream or use a commercial one.  The trick is to let it sit for at least several hours in the refrigerator to let the flavor soak in, then let it come to room temperature for about 20 minutes before you serve.

Here are a few more recipes on the site that might interest you, so check them out if you’d like:
     Irish Style Celery and Kohlrabi
     Irish Horsey Sauce – a horseradish recipe
     O’Kelly’s Slim Irish Cream