Recipe by Laria Tabul
"What's more Irish than a traditional recipe for corned beef and cabbage? Serve with mustard or horseradish if desired."
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corned beef brisket with spice packet
carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces
1 large head
cabbage, cut into small wedges
This was THE BEST corned beef and cabbage that I have ever made. I never had used a recipe before, let alone added carrots. Anyhow, I used a 4 lb. brisket that I trimmed of most visible fat without sacrificing the integrity of the meat. Also rinsed the meat well (couldn't bear to use that bloody junk that was packaged with it) before putting it into an 11 qt. stockpot with the spices that were packaged with it. Added 1 can Miller Lite beer, water to cover, 3 large cloves of minced garlic, and about 12 whole black peppers. About 1 hour before the beef was supposed to be done, I added the potatoes, carrots, and 2 small turnips, chopped. Forty minutes later I added the green cabbage wedges and 1 large onion, cut into wedges. Twenty minutes later all was done and it was DELICIOUS. [P.S. I served this with a horseradish sauce--mix together 3/4 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup white prepared horseradish (or to taste), 1 Tbs. dried chives, and the juice from 1/2 lemon. This is very good with the corned beef.]
Jeepers, it needs onions! Everything except desserts needs onions!
I take the corned beef out and while the cabbage carrots and pot's are cooking in the liquid, I put the brisket in the oven for 30 minutes with this sauce that I combine on the stove until smooth. 1/3 cup of brown sugar,2 tblsp of butter tlbs. of prepared mustard, 1/3 cup of ketchup, and 3 tblsp of apple cider vinegar. I combine these ingredients till smooth, then pour over the brisket while the veggies are cooking. 30 to 40 mins. at 350 will do it.
Hope you like it, all of my friends who hate corned beef will only eat mine!
I love corned beef & cabbage & I must have used close to a hundred recipes, but I think this is the simplest & the best. Use the white (not russet) potatoes. I sometimes wondered why my previous renditions sometimes came out on the salty side--this recipe is well-balanced in flavor. Now I know that a '10/5' potato/carrot combo really works...if you skimp on the veggies, the dish will be salty. Using 10/5 gives it a good seasoning balance.
The recipe as written will work very well. I've been doing it that way for many years, except I cook the veggies separately in some of the broth. However, I thought I would try the crockpot method suggested by several reviewers.I also tried the new Reynolds crockpot liners. they work great! No clean up except the lid. I have a new Rival 5 quart slow cooker with removable stoneware crock. I had a 3.5 lb corned beef brisket(too fatty)and followed the Rival instructions which called for 1 cup of water, onions and cabbage only. I added 6 small potatoes and 3 carrots, cut in half. In 8 hours everything was overcooked, including the veggies! I could see the broth boiling around the inside of the crockpot, so I assume it gets too high when set on low. It's best omit all liquid as it is not needed when cooking roasts in the crockpot. Cooking the corned beef in the old fashioned way is the best. Skip the crockpot!
This recipe is very basic and with a few changes I loved it. Try covering the corn beef with four cans of beef broth and include the spice packet after cutting the big fat off. Bring to a boil and turn to low to simmer 2-21/2 hrs. Then add potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, mushrooms and cabbage for the last hour. Make sure the meat is cooked first by poking the meat before adding vegetables and use a large pot on top of the stove! I didn't mean to rewrite the recipe, but this is much more tasty way the prepare the corn beef!!!! Don't forget the french bread says my husband and he is right!!!
I cook the cabbage at the end. Cut it in wedges and cooked seperately from the meat. I use 1/2 cooking liquid from the meat and 1/2 chicken broth with butter added to the liquid. Cooked until just crisp tender. Gives the cabbage a lovely flavor, it stays green and doesn't get all mushy.
I cover my corned beef with beer usually a 5 pack and one for the cook! Follow any of the recipes that call for water and substitute the beer WONDERFUL!!!!!!
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