Slow Cooker Corned Beef + Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage is a St. Patrick’s Day tradition dating back to… to forever I am pretty sure! This modern twist on the traditional recipe offers a new way to serve this classic slow cooker meal and offer everyone in the family an opportunity to customize their slow cooker corned beef + cabbage.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe by @KraylFunch #AnAppealingPlan place shamrocks next to board

Lets’ be honest – even if you aren’t Irish the remainder of the year, you most likely have claimed on St. Patrick’s Day that at least 1% of our blood line MUST be green! Luckily I have the family tree to prove my heritage but I happily welcome all those sporting their green and fellow revelers on this day an honorary spot in the family!

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe by @KraylFunch #AnAppealingPlan

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe by @KraylFunch #AnAppealingPlan lid on top

I have to admit I hardly ever use my slow cooker. I bought it for Pete a few years ago and thought for sure he would be slow cooking everything – that has not been the case. It pretty much sits in our cabinet as shiny as the day it was opened. 

See while Pete grew up in a family who relied on a slow cooker – called a crock pot in the 70’s + 80’s and a savor for any working mom – I don’t recall ever seeing one in my house growing up. I think he might be over it and I don’t have good baseline recipes to work off of.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe by @KraylFunch #AnAppealingPlan close up on beef

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe by @KraylFunch #AnAppealingPlan close up on cabbage

All that being said, I pulled out the shiny beauty, dusted her off and told her this was her lucky day! Not only was I prepared with a recipe but her name would be in the recipe title. She was one of the headliners of the meal – slow cooker corned beef and cabbage – it can’t be done with out her.

The recipe is in fact incredibly easy, especially when the beef comes marinated in the pickling spices as the one I found at the market. If you are not able to find one in this packaging there are pickling spice blends that will easily do the trick.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe by @KraylFunch #AnAppealingPlan offer 3 mustards

For a modern twist on the traditional slow cooker corned beef + cabbage dinner loaded on the plate try this take placed on platter or rustic cutting board. As a bonus it can be served as a dinner or as an appetizer. 

Slice the corned beef and cabbage into thin slices, place them on a cutting board and serve with a selection of mustards for variety. I recommend a grainy mustard, a Dijon mustard and a third wild card mustard of choice. If you are serving it as an appetizer add cornichons for color and flavor to your platter.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe by @KraylFunch #AnAppealingPlan view from above

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

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Bells Of Ireland

One of my all time favorite green flowers, the Bells Of Ireland, is also one of the most unusual looking flowers you will see in your market or florists shop, but it is the perfect stand alone statement flower arrangement you can place on your table.

Bells of Ireland Green Spring FLower Via @KraylFunch  (21) revised
Also found under Bells-of-Ireland, and Shellflower or Shell flower – with the Latin name Moluccella laevis – is remarkably from the mint family, grows from seed and is an amazing addition to country gardens as well as more modern beds.

When you purchase your Bells Of Ireland be sure to remove a good inch or more from the bottom before placing them in your arrangement as I find the base of their stems break down before the top portion even starts to fade.

Bells of Ireland Green Spring FLower Via @KraylFunch  (25) revised
The flowering portion of the Bells Of Ireland are actually the small white buds inside the green bells but beware these spiky have mini thorns so look out when arranging them. These apple green beauties are a striking flower alone in a tall vase of glass or metal – I find tall slender shapes work best as they tend to spread out and their stems are frequently bare at the base.

Bells of Ireland Green Spring FLower Via @KraylFunch  (32) revised

Bells Of Ireland flowers are a wonderful design element for you dining table or hallway entrance table for the spring season and can be paired with minimal accents to allow the flowers to be the focal point of your arrangement.