Celebrate 2021’s St. Patrick’s Day with a Brisket Flat Half and Corned Beef at Home 

March 15, 2021

Corned Beef

Enjoy this classic Beef dish as its own meal, or in leftovers for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

 St. Patrick’s Day falls right in the middle of the work week in 2021, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. The experts from the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. brand, on behalf of the Beef Checkoff, have you covered with an easy St. Patrick’s Day favorite that will help you close out the week.  

Just as some celebrate the Holidays with Prime Rib, Corned Beef on St. Patrick’s Day is a must. While mostly associated with Ireland, Corned Beef gained its popularity in the United States during the 19th century. Irish Immigrants were looking for a cheaper alternative to bacon and started to brine Beef Brisket.    

Corned Beef is made from the Brisket Flat Half that has been salt-cured in a brine. For those wanting to try their hand at this classic at home, the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. culinary team offers two options – a conventional oven or a slow cooker.  

"While many consumers may be used to eating Corned Beef at restaurants, most aren’t aware how simple it is to cook it at home,” said Bridget Wasser, Senior Executive Director of Product Quality and Education at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. “By cooking an entire Corned Beef, you can enjoy it for not just one meal – but possibly two or three. It saves money and time while providing delicious meals for the entire family to enjoy.” 

To make Corned Beef with an oven, place 2 ½ - 3 -pound Brisket Flat Half in a roasting pan with water or cider and seasonings, and cover it tightly with aluminum foil. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and cook for 2-1/2 - 3-1/2 hours or until fork-tender. 

For the slow cooker, place 2 ½ - 3-pound Brisket Flat Half top it with a seasonings packet and water or cider. Cook on High for 6 - 7 hours, or on Low for 9 - 10 hours until fork-tender.  

Corned Beef can be enjoyed almost any time of day and makes for amazing leftovers. Try it for breakfast in the Corned Beef Hash, for lunch inside the Classic Beef Reuben Sandwich, or for dinner with Classic Corned Beef with Cabbage and Potatoes. All of these dishes bring you the flavors that celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and nods to Irish American history.   

Corned Beef Hash

corned beef hash

Have it for two meals in a row. Use last night's leftovers to make a delicious breakfast hash. Pair with cubed potatoes and thinly sliced leeks, and ideally topped with an egg.

see recipe 

Classic Beef Reuben Sandwich

Try this deli classic for lunch or dinner today. Thinly sliced deli Corned Beef or Pastrami is sandwiched between rye bread with sauerkraut and a tangy home-made dressing.

see recipe 

Classic Corned Beef with Cabbage and Potatoes

This recipe is a St. Patrick's Day favorite, but you can enjoy any time of the year you'd like. This recipe is slow-cooked with cabbage, potatoes and carrots for a hearty family meal.

About the Beef Checkoff
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

About NCBA, a Contractor to the Beef Checkoff
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. The Beef Checkoff Program is administered by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, with oversight provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.