St. Pat's Day Plan: Make ahead, serve Tuesday

Saucy Brisket Sandwiches with Blue Cheese are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and the perfect choice for a St. Pat's Day dinner. Let your slow cooker do the heavy lifting with this recipe, infusing the beef with the rich flavors of molasses, brown sugar and chili powder. To serve, top the beef with crunchy coleslaw and crumbled blue cheese.

1 (15-oz.) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup light molasses
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 medium onions, chopped
4 lb. beef brisket, cut crosswise into 3 pieces
12 hamburger buns, split
3 cups purchased coleslaw
1 1/2 cups crumbled blue cheese

1. Combine tomato sauce, molasses, vinegar, brown sugar, chili powder, salt and pepper in 5- to 6-quart slow cooker; stir in onions. Place brisket in slow cooker; spoon sauce mixture over beef to coat.

2. Cook, covered, on high 5 to 6 hours or on low 10 to 12 hours or until beef is fork-tender and easily pulls apart.

3. Remove beef; trim off any excess fat. Shred beef with 2 forks; return to sauce in slow cooker. Reduce heat to low to keep warm. Serve beef mixture in buns topped with coleslaw and blue cheese.

12 sandwiches

PER SANDWICH: 520 calories, 24.5 g total fat (8 g saturated fat), 36 g protein, 39 g carbohydrate, 95 mg cholesterol, 965 mg sodium, 3 g fiber