St. Patrick’s Day Feast Recipes

Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day and the arrival of spring on Sunday, this week’s box bursts to life with beautiful spring ‘greenery’—from gorgeous cabbage to fragrant sweet bay—as well as all the ingredients for a satisfying holiday supper inspired by the Emerald Isle. With traditional Irish soda bread, side dish-ready produce like carrots, turnips and potatoes, a golden Irish lager and a premium-quality corned beef brisket, all brined and ready to go from Carlton Farms, this week’s box is fit for feasting with your nearest and dearest. As the Irish blessing says: “Bless us with good food, the gift of gab and hearty laughter; may the love and joy we share, be with us ever after.” Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef with Cabbage, Carrots & Potatoes
Cook this in your slow cooker all day and you’re guaranteed success! Serve this with soda bread for a warm and satisfying meal.

Carrot, Cabbage and Apple Slaw with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
This refreshing, brightly-colored slaw from Diane Morgan’s Roots is a snap to do-ahead.

Tatties & Neeps
The Irish classic!

Creamed Green Cabbage
This delectable cabbage is coated in a creamy béchamel sauce for extra flavor.

Butter-Braised Turnips
Simmered in rich chicken stock, this dish is finished with lemon juice and thyme for fresh appeal.

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef with Cabbage, Carrots & Potatoes

Cook this in your slow cooker all day and you’re guaranteed success! Serve this with soda bread for a warm and satisfying meal.

Ingredients:
1 2-4-pound corned beef brisket* (flat or point cut)
1 white onion, sliced
2 pounds red, gold or other baby potatoes (a mixture of any works; peel them if you’d like and halve or quarter if particularly large)
3 carrots, sliced thickly
2 garlic cloves, peeled
½ head green cabbage cut into thin wedges
1½ cups water (or use this week’s lager instead, or a bottle of Guinness!)

Method:
1. Add the sliced onion to the bottom of the slow cooker, then place the corned beef over top. (Sprinkle over the seasoning packet, if necessary; see note.) Add your baby potatoes on top of the roast, then layer the carrots and garlic.

2. Pour over the water, or lager and place the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours total, adding the cabbage during the last 2 hours.

3. Remove the meat onto a cutting board and slice into strips. Serve the meat with potatoes, carrots, and cabbage. Drizzle melted butter over the potatoes if desired. Serve with horseradish mustard or stone ground mustard.

*The corned beef from Carlton Farms this week comes brined, seasoned and ready to go for this recipe; if you are using a corned beef purchased from the store, you’ll want to add in the spices from the enclosed seasoning packet that often comes with the brisket.

Carrot, Cabbage and Apple Slaw with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

This refreshing, brightly-colored slaw is a snap to do-ahead.

Ingredients:
4 cups coarsely grated carrots (or carrots cut into very thin matchsticks)
1 Honeycrisp apple, cored and cut into matchsticks
2 teaspoons finely-snipped fresh chives

Dressing:
¼ cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1¼ teaspoons fine sea salt
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
2 tablespoons honey

Method:
1. To make the dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, oil, lemon juice, salt, honey and poppy seeds. Set aside. (Can be prepared up to 1 day ahead.)

2. In a large bowl, toss together the carrots and apple. Spoon the dressing over the top and toss to distribute evenly. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the chives.

Balsamic-Glazed Root Vegetables

An herb-packed marinade infuses fresh flavor into winter staples like carrots and parsnips.

Ingredients:
4-6 carrots, scrubbed, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 parsnips, scrubbed, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 beets, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch chunks
½ winter squash of your choice, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch wedges
1 yellow onion, peeled and quartered
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs, such as thyme and parsley
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Combine all the vegetables in a large bowl. In a smaller separate bowl, combine garlic, oil, herbs, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar. Mix the marinade with the vegetables, tossing to coat, then cover in plastic wrap and let sit for 2 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 400°. Arrange vegetables on a baking sheet and season generously with salt and pepper. Roast 35-40 minutes until vegetables are tender and cooked through.

Variation: These vegetables are also fantastic served as a warm winter salad over greens with freshly-grated Grana cheese.

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