Cooking Corned Beef Brisket

March 17, 2012 by staff 

Cooking Corned Beef Brisket, What is more traditional than corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day? Try this classic recipe and serve it with horseradish sauce for a new kick.

Classic Corned Beef & Cabbage

Serves about 6

3-4 large onions – you need one cup diced and the remainder in large chunks

10 medium carrots – you need one cup diced and the remainder in large chunks

3 pounds corned beef brisket, spiced or unspiced. If a spice packet is included, use that. If unspiced, add a dash each of mustard seed, coriander seed, peppercorns, dill seed, whole allspice and 1 bay leaf or a combo of whatever you have on hand

½ cup malt vinegar

½ cup Irish stout beer or other dark beer like Guinness

about 1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes, scrubbed, larger ones cut in half (or use peeled white potatoes cut in large chunks)

1 large cabbage, cored and outer leaves removed, cut into large chunks

In a large Dutch oven, place the corned beef. Add about one cup of chopped onions and carrots each, and the vinegar, beer, and all the seasonings. Add enough water to over the corned beef. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer about 3 hours until meat is fork-tender.

When the meat has cooked for 3 hours, add the remaining onions and carrots, and red or white potatoes, and cabbage to the cooked corned beef. (Keep the cabbage on top.) Cover and simmer about 20-30 minutes, until potatoes and cabbage are fork-tender.

To serve, cut corned beef against the grain into thin slices and accompany with the cooked vegetables on a large platter. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Serve with Dijon mustard, coarse grain mustard and horseradish sauce, if desired.

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