Saturday, September 11, 2010

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Another family classic who's origins are lost to time. We have this every year on St. Patty's Day.

3 lbs. corned beef (Look for the lean "round" cut not the brisket which tends to be a lot fattier.)
2 tsp peppercorns or 1/4 tsp ground pepper
12 whole cloves
2 bay leaves
8 potatoes, peeled and quartered
8 carrots, halved lengthwise
1 medium head cabbage, cut into 6 wedges

In large saucepan, cover corned beef with water. Add peppercorns, cloves and bay leaves. Simmer covered; 3 to 3 1/2 hours till tender. Add potatoes and carrots. Simmer; 15 minutes longer. Add cabbage; cook 15 minutes or until vegetable are tender. Remove bay leaves. Cut meat into pieces. Serve with cooking liquid and vegetables

If corned beef is packaged with spice package, omit peppercorns, clove and bay leaf. Alternately you can use about two tablespoons of pre-mixed pickling spice that can be purchased from the herb/spice section of your grocery store.

Serves 6 to 8

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