Monday, March 17, 2014

Corned Beef and Cabbage~

St. Patrick's Day

This classic dish is an Irish favorite. Serve this up for a St. Patty's Day 
treat or simply make it for a hearty weeknight meal.
  • 1-3/4 lbs onions
  • 2-1/2 lbs carrots
  • 6 lbs corned beef brisket or round, spiced or unspiced
  • 1 cup malt vinegar
  • 6 oz Irish stout
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seed
  • 1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tablespoon dill seed
  • 1/2 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 lbs cabbage, rinsed
  • 2 1/2 lb small red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup coarse grain mustard
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
To serve 12, use a 14 to 20 quart pan.
  1. Coarsely chop enough onions and carrots to make 1 cup each. In pan, place. onions and carrots, corned beef with any liquid, vinegar, stout, mustard seed, coriander, peppercorns, dill, allspice and bay leaves.
  2. Add water to barely cover beef. Cover pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Simmer until meat is tender when pierced, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, cut remaining onions into wedges. Cut remaining carrots into 2-inch lengths; halve them lengthwise if large. Cut cabbages in half through. cores, then into wedges.
  4. Scrub potatoes. Add onions, carrots and potatoes to tender corned beef, place cabbage on top.
  5. Cover and return to simmering over high heat; reduce heat and simmer until cabbage is tender when pierced, 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. With a slotted spoon scoop out vegetables onto warm serving dishes. Using tongs and a slotted spoon, remove beef to a cutting board; cut off and. discard fat, slice meat across the grain and place on warm platters. Serve meat and vegetables with coarse-grain and Dijon mustard.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all!

Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s Day

The first St. Patrick’s Day Parades were not in Ireland, but in Boston (1737) and New York (1762). 

Irish immigrants living in New York actually outnumbered Irish living in Dublin, Ireland at one time!

St. Patrick was born in Scotland, but spent 40 years preaching Christianity in Ireland.

Legend says that St. Patrick chased all the snakes out of Ireland.

The three-leaf clover was used by St. Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity to pre-Christian Ireland.

For St. Patrick’s Day every year, Chicago dyes its river bright green to celebrate.

Leprechauns are hard-workers although sometimes mischievous! They are the official shoemakers to the fairy kingdom.

19 U.S. Presidents have claimed Irish heritage.

Seattle paints a green stripe on roads on St. Patrick’s Day.

Corned beef is completely an American invention, but very popular with Irish-American immigrants nonetheless!



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