Foolproof Boiled Dinner

In our home, holidays such as St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and Memorial Day usually call for a boiled dinner.

What is a boiled dinner? You ask, well, it is basically a big ass pot and whatever you want. 
So, as I mentioned, St. Patrick's Day is a day that calls for a boiled dinner at our home. Boiled dinners are awesome because you can basically throw anything in the pot, wait a few hours, then chow down. I am going to share with you our St. Patty's Day boil with you-yeah, I am aware this holiday has come and gone but...this can also be used for an easy work night meal! 

-2-2 1/2 pounds of meat (corned beef, ham, turkey, roast)
-1 head of cabbage
-2 onions
-1 rutabaga
-3 large carrots
-15-20 red potatoes
-5 cloves of minced garlic
-1 teaspoon of black pepper
-1/2 teaspoon of salt
-6 cups of water 

1. find your biggest (deep) stock pot and fill it with water. bring to a boil.
2. once boiling, add garlic, pepper, and salt. stir well
3. once boiling again, place meat in the pot. 
4. let the water come to a boil again then turn the heat to low-medium (3-4). set timer for 2 hours
5. start prepping vegetables. 
quarter the cabbage
 quarter one onion
potatoes in half
carrots into thirds
rutabaga into 2in pieces
6. after one hour has passed, add in rutabaga, potatoes, and the quartered onion. stir
7. when there are 40 minutes left on timer, add in cabbage and carrots. stir.
8. quarter the second onion and add it in as well. 
9. after timer is up, ensure meat and veggies are fork tender. 
10. remove the meat from the stock pot, place on cutting board and allow to rest for 10 minutes. 
11. while resting, pour veggies into large strainer to make getting them easier. 
12. cut meat into strips
13. enjoy! 

my family also (regularly) does crab boils. for this rendition:
red potatoes
crab legs
corn on the cob (halfed)
smoked sausage
old bay

We throw everything except the shrimp into the pot and add a ridiculous amount of old bay in. boil for 2 hours then add the shrimp at the last minute for 5 minutes. YUM! 

Have you ever done a boil??


  1. Yum! This looks delicious! I've never done this but my mom does things like this every now and then!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  3. not a meat type girl but those cookies look delicious. lol

  4. YUM! Love the idea of boiled dinners, and now I'm totally craving those cookies too :-P


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