(NC) Looking to put a fresh twist on entertaining at home? Set a warm and casual tone by inviting friends and family to enjoy a classic Irish supper that pairs ideally with both light and full-bodied beer.  This easy recipe from GoBarley can be prepared the evening before and reheated in the oven, or assembled in the slow cooker in the morning to simmer all day. It features a host of hearty, natural ingredients perfect for a winter meal, including barley – a superfood rich in dietary fibre, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef, Barley, and Cabbage

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

• 1 cup (250 mL) pot or pearl barley

• 1 large onion, cut into thick slices

• 3 large carrots, quartered

• 1 bottle (12 oz/341 mL) beer

• 1 can (10 oz/284 mL) low sodium beef broth

• 3 cups (750 mL) water (approximately)

• 1 bay leaf

• 2 lb (1 kg) prepared uncooked corned beef brisket, rinsed

• 1 small cabbage, cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) slices

• 2 tbsp (30 mL) Dijon mustard

• 2 tbsp (30 mL) mayonnaise

• 1/2 tsp (2 mL) freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

1. Add barley, then onion and carrots to slow cooker. Place corned beef on top of vegetables. Pour in beer, broth, and enough water to cover beef by 1 inch (2.5 cm). Add bay leaf.

2. Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 7 hours or until beef and barley are tender and moist.

3. Before serving, in a saucepan over high heat or in the microwave, steam cabbage until tender, about 10 minutes.

4. Remove corned beef from slow cooker and carve into 1/2 inch (1 cm) slices.

5. In a small mixing bowl, blend Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and ground pepper.

6. In individual shallow serving bowls, place barley, carrots, and onions. Top with sliced corned beef and cabbage. Serve with sauce to drizzle over corned beef.

Nutritional information (per serving): Calories: 799, protein: 43 g, carbohydrate: 62 g, fibre: 14 g, sugars: 11 g, fat: 40 g, saturated Fat: 11 g, trans Fat: 0 g, cholesterol: 125 mg, sodium: 3251 mg, potassium: 1401 mg.

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