Frugal Food for St. Patrick's Day
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Frugal Food for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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You can save money if you make your own Irish soda bread and corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day instead of buying pre-made ones.  Try these recipes!St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th every year. For many people, the best way to celebrate any holiday is with food. Of course, special holiday related foods can be very expensive. You can save money if you use these recipes to make your own soda bread and corned beef and cabbage at home.

Great Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage
This super simple recipe comes from AllRecipes. It promises that your corned beef will not be dry. You will need:

* 4 large carrots (peeled and cut into matchstick pieces)
* 10 baby red potatoes (quartered)
* 1 onion (peeled and cut into bite sized pieces)
* 4 cups of water
* 1 corned beef brisket with spice packet (4 pounds)
* 6 ounces of beer
* 1/2 head of cabbage (coarsely chopped)

Put the carrots, potatoes, and onion into the bottom of a slow cooker. Pour in the water. Put the brisket on top of the vegetables. Pour the beer over the brisket. Sprinkle on the spices from the packet. Cover it up. Set the crockpot on high and cook for 8 hours. One hour before serving, stir in the cabbage. Cook for one more hour.

Irish Soda Bread
This recipe came from KitchMe. You will need:

* 1/2 cup of white sugar
* 4 cups of all-purpose flour (divided)
* 2 teaspoons of baking powder
* 1 teaspoon of baking soda
* 3/4 teaspoon of salt
* 3 cups of raisins
* 1 tablespoon of caraway seeds
* 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
* 1 1/4 cup of buttermilk
* 1 cup of sour cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch round skillet or a 9 inch round baking or cake pan. In a mixing bowl, combine most of the flour (save 1 tablespoon), sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and caraway seeds. In another bowl, blend the eggs, buttermilk, and sour cream.

Stir the liquid mixture into the flour mixture until the flour is moistened. Knead dough in the bowl in 10 to 12 strokes (The dough will be sticky). Put the dough in the skillet or pan and pat down. Cut a 4 and 3/4 slit across the top of the bread. Sprinkle the last of the flour over the bread.

Bake for 65 or 75 minutes. Let it cool. Turn the bread out onto a wire rack for best results as it cools. When it has cooled, cut it into small portions and serve!

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