Cola corned beef brisket and oh, that cabbage …

It didn’t take too much encouragement from readers for me to try the Coca-cola-stoked corned beef dinner in the slow cooker. I couldn’t find a full recipe for this cola concoction on the web, so I adapted this one.

With  potatoes, carrots and onions, along with the brisket, can of Coke (real, not diet, not Pepsi) and a cup of brown sugary liquid, the slow cooker was full to the brim.  No room for cabbage. That turned out to be a very good turn of events.  It was the perfect time to try Molly Wizenberg’s version of green cabbage braised in cream with lemon.  I’ve tried this approach before, but Molly advised a gentle browning to caramelize the cabbage wedges in butter, before adding the cream to simmer.  Delicious.

I found the cabbage recipe in a review of Molly’s book here.  I’m editing my old recipe to make sure these techniques never go away. As for the rest of our traditional St Paddy’s day dinner (delivered a few days early), the guys gave the corned beef a big thumbs up. It was tender, just like the Trader Joe’s lady promised. I personally was far more enthralled with the cabbage.  And my pint of Guinness. But I’ll keep the recipe filed away except next year I’ll try hard cider instead of coke.

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