St. Patrick’s Day Meal in Deli Thursday March 17th, Lunch and Dinner.
Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots, Potatoes, and Rye Toast. Lunch $5.99. Dinner $7.99. btw, pints of Guinness are available in the beer cooler to consume with your St. Paddy’s Day lunch and dinner. See details in the bottom of page 1 of the ad flyer.
Free Tasting: Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick Ale.
Thursday March 17th, 4:30-6:30PM. Both Aksarben Village and Midtown Crossing.
St. Patrick’s Day Menu Suggestions and Recipes
St Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage with Potatoes
Corned Beef and Cabbage on St Patrick’s Day is a uniquely American tradition, as is the huge celebration of St. Patrick’s Day itself. About the only things Irish on this day are the Guinness Stout and Harp Beer . Well, I celebrate it every year so who am I to say it’s not authentic.
Again this year Mike ordered some special corned beef from Chicago, and, as usual, he put it on sale for St Paddy’s Day.
Here’s my version of Corned Beef and Cabbage
1 seasoned corned beef brisket from Wohlner’s, about 3 to 5 pounds.
1 head of cabbage, outer leaves removed, cored, and cut into 8 or 10 wedges
1.5 pounds small to medium red potatoes, washed and cut in quarters
Place corned beef brisket in a big cooking pot; add enough water to just cover the corned beef. Place on the stove and bring to a boil. Once it starts to boil cover it and move it to a 300°oven (you may need to occasionally skim some foam form the pot.) Cook for 4 hours and remove from the oven, and wrap the corned beef in foil and set aside.
Place the pot, with the water the corned beef was cooked in, back on the stove. Add the cabbage and potatoes to the pot , and cook on a low simmer for 20-25 minutes. Remove cabbage from the pot with a large slotted spoon.
Serve sliced corned beef with cabbage, potatoes, whole grain mustard, rye bread, and beer or stout.
Use leftover corned beef and leftover rye bread to make Rueben Sandwiches, an Omaha original.
St. Patrick’s Day Dessert
Chocolate Guinness Cheesecake
Guinness is the quintessential Irish beverage. It has deep dark caramelized flavors which mirror and mingle with chocolate, a creaminess which blends well with cream cheese.
This recipe for the Guinness chocolate cheesecake is a pretty basic chocolate cheesecake recipe but the similarities stop there. The addition of the Guinness changes the texture and properties of the cheesecake making it more soufflé like. Normally you can tell when a cheesecake is done by shaking it a bit and if only the center wiggles it is done but the entire surface of this cheesecake will wiggle the whole time, even after 2 hours of baking. You pretty much just have to trust the recipe and the results are certainly worth it!
Be sure to follow the direction regarding turn off the oven and leaving the cheesecake in the oven for another 60 minutes with the door slightly ajar. It needs that extra time in the oven to set up.
Picture ©closetcooking.com, used with permission
Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake
One of the most decadent and creamy chocolate cheesecakes around with a shot of Guinness to enhance the chocolate flavor.
Servings: makes 6+ servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Cooling time: 2 Hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons heavy cream
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup Guinness
Mix the graham cracker crumbs, cocoa powder, sugar, and butter and press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan.
Melt the chocolate in the cream in a double boiler.
Cream the cream cheese.
Mix in the sugar, chocolate, sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and Guinness.
Pour the mixture into the spring form pan.
Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 60 minutes.
Turn off heat and leave cheesecake in the oven with the door slightly ajar for 60 minutes.
Let it cool completely.
Chill the cheesecake in the fridge overnight.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day,
Don’t Drink and Drive,
Use a designated Leprechaun as your Driver.