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~St. Patrick’s Day Meal~

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St. Patrick’s Day Blog Post

The Meat:
1 Pouch of Rae&Ryan's Corned Beef Rub!
(freshly ground and available in our store)
1-2 Corned Beef roasts, rinsed and pat dry

Kosher Salt (Enough to coat lightly)

2-3 Tbs   Oil of your choice (High Smoke point)
2-3 Bottles of Irish Red Ale or low sodium beef broth.

2 Cups each apx of Onion, Carrots, and Celery Chopped

1/2 Cup    Whole Peeled Garlic Cloves

Prep the beef according to method below.
Dry-Age Roasts in fridge for 12-48 hours.
Spray Roasts with Worcestershire or Browning Sauce.
Sear in the broiler, set aside in roasting pan.
Sauté veggies, deglaze with beer, add all to pan.
Wrap tightly with foil and place in your oven at 275º for 6-7 hours.
Check at 5.5 hours and gauge accordingly.
 Meat is done when it is fork-tender and shreds easily.

Prepping the Beef:

The best way to do this is to remove the roast from the bag, give it a rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Place the roast in a disposable aluminum pan and grab your Rae&Ryan’s Corned Beef Rub!
1. Rub the roast lightly with olive oil or preferably, a high smoke point oil like grapeseed or safflower.
2. Season the roast lightly with Kosher Salt, the meat is already salty from the brining process so it doesn’t take very much.
3. Dust the roast with Rae&Ryan’s Corned Beef Rub using a small strainer if you have one.  Season the roast liberally all over and once the meat has soaked some of the rub in, it can benefit from a second pass.
Ideally, you want the seasoned roast to sit in the fridge uncovered to dry age for 1-2 days, but at a minimum, overnight.
For a lot of people that much real estate in the fridge may not be an option, but do the best you can here. Even if the roast just sits on a plate or small pan, it needs time to soak in all those spices. The best way to do this is by putting the whole roasting pan straight in after seasoning if it will fit. If you have a wire rack that fits inside the pan then you will get the best results from this process if you place that wire rack under the roast before putting it in the fridge. This allows for air circulation under the roast and helps the rub set and not stay soggy underneath.
In general, it is easiest to season a roast using a small strainer like a flour duster to evenly distribute the rub with maximum coverage on the roast and minimal waste.

“Dusting” the rubWell seasoned Point CutsWell seasoned Flat Cuts

There’s a little trick of the trade we have been doing for a few years that helps the meat brown evenly all over without the rub burning from heating too quickly. You may have heard of using a browning sauce to help add flavor, color, and lend some advantage to meat during the browning process. Kitchen Bouquet is the original brand I know of for that and it is certainly a secret weapon in the cupboard worth having on hand, but I find that Worcestershire Sauce has a better flavor for this meal, is something I have on hand more often, and is easier to find.
-You can buy small mister bottles in the travel toiletry section of Walmart which works great for evenly distributing liquids like this!

Kitchen Bouquet Browning SauceWorcestershire in a mister bottleDry-aged roasts sprayed with Worcestershire

Cooking the Beef:

Pull the roast out of the fridge FIRST THING in the morning the day of cooking, get up early if you have to, and let the roast come up to room temperature on the counter for about 2-3 hours. All meats sear better at room temperature
Next what we are going to do is use the broiler to create the reaction we want without having to move the meat around any more than is necessary. If your roasting pan fits in the broiler then great, you can just slide it in there and rotate the meat around with tongs to get the entire outside as roasted as possible. Any spices that fall off are not burning and will get soaked up during the cook.
Alternatively, you can still use a castiron skillet or any large skillet that will hold the roast and fit in the broiler. Use tongs to move the meat around and sear the outside as best as you can. This is not a critical step and every square inch does not need to be roasted. This just builds depth of flavor and is one of those “Do the best you can” scenarios.
-If you own a crème brulee torch then you can really get all the nooks and crannies of the roast without having to use the tongs to move it around as much.

Broiling in a skilletBroiled roastsReady to wrap and cook!

Prepping the Roasting Pan:

Now that you have seared your roasts you can let them rest in the disposable roasting pan and fire up your aromatics. Cook them in the same skillet the meat was in if you went that route, otherwise just sauté them in a pan of your choosing.
If you were unable to spray the roasts with Worcestershire Sauce or browning sauce then add 2-3 Tablespoons of either sauce to the roasting pan with the aromatics.
Once the veggies are partially cooked then you can dump them around the meat to fill up the roasting pan.
Deglaze your skillet with some beer and scoop every last drop into the roasting pan with a silicone spatula. An Irish Red Ale is my top choice for this, but anything on the malty side like a brown or amber will do also. Stay away from IPA’s or anything hoppy. A lager or pale will do, but doesn’t bring much flavor to the table. Top brand suggestions are Killian’s Irish Red, Four Peaks’ Kilt Lifter, Fat Tire, Bj’s Jeremiah Red or Nutty Brunette, Alesmith Nut Brown, or Karl Strauss Red Trolley. You don’t need to put expensive beer in this recipe, but malty over hoppy is best. If you are opposed to using beer, then use low sodium beef broth or diluted full sodium beef broth.
Once everything is in the roasting pan then add a bottle or two of beer or beef broth until the liquid level is halfway up the pan. No more than half!

Browned RoastsAdd Sautéed AromaticsIrish Red Ale

Time to Cook:

Wrap tightly with foil and place in your oven at 275º for 6-7 hours. Check at 5.5 hours and gauge accordingly. The roast should be fork-tender and easily shred-able when done. If adding cabbage to the pan, don’t add it until the meat is completely cooked, you won’t overcook the roast.
Once the meat is done, carefully remove the roasts from the pan onto a plate and scoop out the majority of the spent aromatics and place them in a bowl to cool off. Pour the remaining Jus and aromatics into a pyrex glass or pitcher so that the pan is mostly empty.
Return the roasts to the empty pan and shred them or you can slice it for a different presentation. After cutting up the meat the way you’d like, pour a healthy amount of Jus back over the meat to soak up all that flavor. Garnish with some fresh chopped parsley and you’re ready to eat!
The Colcannon and Steamed Cabbage are best prepared right before you sit down so it is hot and fresh. You can do the prep for those ahead of time so that it is all ready to go and you can melt or brown your butter so it just needs a quick refire.
Portion the spent aromatics and any leftover jus into ziplock bags and freeze for an easy addition to homemade hashbrowns or country potatoes!

Roasts are done cookingShredded with Jus poured back overBon Appétit!


Alton Brown’s Colcannon
1 pound russet potatoes 
(rinsed, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks)
1 pound red potatoes 
(rinsed peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks)

1 tablespoon kosher salt (divided)

6 tablespoons Kerry Gold butter

1 pound green cabbage (cored and shredded)
*Use the inside smaller leaves and save the outer wedges for steaming*

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 ounces Irish whiskey 
(or more if you insist)

4 ounces warm whole milk

1. Combine all of the potato chunks and 1 teaspoon of the
kosher salt in a 4-quart saucepan.
Add just enough cold water to
cover the potatoes, slap on the
lid and bring to a boil over high
heat, about 15 minutes.
Then remove the lid, drop the heat
to a simmer, and cook until
the potatoes are easily crushed
with tongs,15 to 20 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, melt the butter
in a 12-inch high-sided saute pan
over medium-high heat. Cook until
the butter just starts to brown then
carefully pour half of the
butter into a heatproof bowl
and set aside.
3. Add the cabbage to the
pan along with 1 teaspoon kosher
salt and all the pepper. Sauté
for 7 to 10 minutes, stirring
occasionally, until the cabbage
is tender and lightly browned.
Kill the heat and deglaze the
pan with the whiskey, scraping
the brown bits from the bottom
of the pan. Set aside.
4. Drain the potatoes and return
them to the hot pot. Shake for 30
seconds so the excess water can
evaporate. The drier the taters,
the better.
5. Move the pot to a
trivet, hot pad, or towel on the
countertop and sprinkle with the
remaining 1 teaspoon kosher salt.
Add the cabbage and milk and
mash the potatoes to desired
Taste and season with additional
salt and pepper, if desired.
6. Transfer the potato
mixture to the serving vessel
of your choice and use the back
of a spoon to create a crater
in the top of the potatoes.
Pour the reserved brown butter
into said crater and serve immediately
Courtesy of the one and only, Alton Brown: Original Recipe

Steamed Caraway Cabbage:

Steamed Cabbage
1-2 heads of green cabbage
(Rinsed, cored and cut into 1/8ths.
Remove smaller inner leaves for Colcannon
Use the larger outer leaves/wedges)
Caraway Seed   Freshly ground

1/2 brick      Kerry Gold Butter

1 teaspoon freshly ground 
black pepper, or to taste

1 teaspoon Kosher salt, or to taste

1  pound baby carrots or 
thumb size segments

1. Steam cabbage and carrots until
al dente tender.
*Add Caraway seed to steaming water if desired
2. Meanwhile, melt the butter
in a small saucepan.
Add Caraway to taste and
infuse into the butter.
3. Serve drizzled with caraway butter,
salt and pepper
After washing and coring the head/s of cabbage we usually use the inner part with the smaller leaves to chop up for the Colcannon recipe and use the large outside sections for steamed cabbage. The small inner parts usually just fall apart when cooked any way, so we have found this is the best use for all parts of the cabbage. If you don’t have a steamer or want to fuss with that then the same cut of cabbage can be placed in the roasting pan and covered back up with foil and cooked for another 20 minutes or so until tender. Do this at the end once the meat is done and side dishes are made and make it the last thing you do before sitting down to eat so they don’t overcook.
One of our favorite things to do is add some Caraway seeds to the steam water, preferably freshly ground, and/or put a heavy heap of ground caraway in a skillet with butter to drizzle over the cabbage and carrots.

Outer wedges of CabbageSteamed with parsley garnishCan be put in the pan at the end


Guinness Chocolate Brownies by

1 bottle (12 oz) Guinness Extra Stout*
1 1/4 cup (250 g) sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp (85 g) 
unsweetened natural cocoa

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup (96 g) flour

2/3 cup  (90 g) chopped pecans, 

*Simmer beer until reduced by half (6 oz)
1 Preheat oven to 350°F. 
Line an 8×8 square baking
pan with parchment paper
or foil in a way that there
is overhang over two sides
of the dish making it easy
to remove the brownies
once they are baked.
Brush with a little butter
or baking spray.
2. Simmer Guinness, reduce by half:
Place the Guinness stout in a
medium saucepan (2-quart) and
bring to a boil. Watch out for
the stout bubbling up too much.
Simmer until the liquid
reduces by half.
3. Progressively add butter,
sugar, cocoa, salt, cinnamon
to the Guinness, then let cool:
Stir the butter into the
reduced Guinness until melted.
Add the sugar and whisk until
dissolved. Whisk in the cocoa,
salt, and cinnamon.
Whisk until smooth. Remove from
heat and let cool until just slightly warm to the touch.
4. Stir in the vanilla, eggs, flour, nuts:
When the mixture has cooled until just
lightly warm to the touch, stir in the
vanilla extract and eggs. Stir in the
flour until smooth. Stir in the nuts.
5. Bake: Pour into the prepared
lined baking pan. Bake at 350°F for
30 minutes. Cool on a rack. When
completely cool lift the brownies
out of the pan. Cut into 16 to 25
squares or rectangles.

Courtesy of: Elise Bauer at

Guinness Irish Car Bomb Float

1 bottle (12 oz) Guinness Extra Stout*
1 pint quality Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Irish Whiskey

Baileys Irish Cream
Set ice cream out
to soften on the counter.
Once ice cream is soft add
Irish whiskey and Bailey’s
to taste and refreeze ice
Generally 2 shots of
Bailey’s per one shot of
whiskey is a good ratio,
but how boozy you want it
is completely up to you.
If you add too much booze
it won’t freeze completely
This is best done the day
before so it can freeze
back up over night.
Pour half your beer into
a glass and let settle.
Carefully add a scoop or
two of ice cream and top
off with remaining beer.
If you try and pour
the beer over the
ice cream then it
creates a lot of foam
and doesn’t work as well.

Mix whiskey and Irish creamRe-Freeze overnightMake a Guinness Float!

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