Yes, I am Irish. Yes, I grew up in Chicago and even walked in the parade almost every year. And yes, I have cooked plenty of corned beef dinners for St Patrick’s Day. But I don’t cook that dinner anymore. Why? Because our corned beef dinners are so good! The dinner comes packaged for 2 and is complete with steamed new potatoes with butter, salt, pepper, and fresh parsley – just like the kind I grew up with – and freshly steamed cabbage. It saves hours of work on my part, plus my whole house won’t smell like corned beef for an entire week! Nothing beats the long, slow, moist process of smoking.
Here at DLM, we slow smoke our delicious house-cured briskets and cook them for 5 hours. They are deep mahogany, crusted with spices, and delicious! To finish the meal, I swing by the bakery and pick up our Irish Soda Bread, which is chockfull of currants, and 1 jar of clotted cream that I begrudgingly share with my family. Grab some Guinness and I am out the door. St Patrick’s Day dinner + DLM = DONE!
I’ll share a really good snack with you for if you happen to have any leftover Irish Soda Bread. Slice into ½-inch slabs and freeze. The next time you need a cup of tea, brew up a strong cup of Irish Breakfast Tea, toast or crisp up the slice in the oven, and slather with soft butter. It’s my perfect afternoon snack.
Erin go Bragh!