This year, we're having a guest for dinner... I'll let you know if I suddenly come into some gold...
This year, Silent Bob and I are on our own for St. Patty's Day, so I am scaling down the recipe... I bought a flat-cut brisket that is just two pounds and have scaled back on the veggies. There will be a lunch portion leftover. Perhaps a red-flannel hash ... and poached eggs atop for breakfast tomorrow ... but, I get a head of myself! Cheers!
Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner - printer friendly
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Serves: 6- 8
4 -5 lb. corned beef brisket, flat cut
2 onions, sliced
1 small onion, studded with 6 to 8 whole cloves
1 bay leaf
1 small bunch of parsley
12 whole peppercorns
2 stalks celery, chopped into large chunks
1 carrot, peeled and chopped into chunks
1. Wash the corned beef and place in the bottom of a large, deep stockpot, cover with cold water.
2. Bring the corned beef to a boil and discard the water.
3. Add fresh cold water and all the above ingredients, water should just cover the beef.
4. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer, add one bottle of pilsner beer (the golden stuff).
5. Simmer covered for 3 to 4 hours. If beef foams, skim the foam and discard.
6. Peel and prepare the following ingredients:
8-10 medium potatoes, large chunks
12 – 18 large carrots, large chunks
1 cabbage, washed and cut into wedges
7. When the brisket has simmered for three hours or so, add the carrots. Increase the heat under the pot to a small bubble (not a big boil) and wait for about ten minutes. Then, add the potatoes. Continue to cook until the potatoes are almost fork-tender. Then, lay the cabbage wedges gently on top of simmering dinner, and continue to simmer covered. Be careful not to overcook the cabbage.
8. Use a slotted spoon to remove the cooked veggies and arrange them on a plate. Place the brisket center-stage on the platter and serve.
Additional food: A golden pilsner beer, hot spicy mustard for the brisket, a sweet chili salsa for the cabbage, and Irish soda bread for sopping up juices.