Monday, October 4, 2010

corned beef and cabbage

one of my food bloggie friends made this a few weeks ago
in celebration of her friend
an actor
and his new show
mike and mollie
which is adorable, by the way
if you watched it
did you happen to notice paula deen's possible future daughter-in-law... as the trampy sister?
bless her heart
back to the point..if i can find one
(she makes a roasted version)
reminded me that i really like cabbage that is cooked with corned beef
soft and buttery, it is truly perfect
the best part?
hubster will eat my portion of the beef in hash and sandwiches

i thought i would be really fancy and corn my own brisket
and found a great recipe from alton brown
but then saw that i had to find saltpeter
 yeah...i thought the same thing
i didn't want to buy it
so i purchased an already corned beef
which probably has some very bad things in it
but i closed my eyes and soldiered on
Corned Beef and Cabbage
(printable recipe)
3-4 lb corned beef or brisket if you are d.y.i.-ing it
1 large head green cabbage--cut into thin wedges, leaving the core intact
7-9 small yukon potatoes
cold water to cover the brisket
little packet of pickling spices that come with the corned beef (optional)
this is so simple. take a large pot, place the corned beef in it and cover with water to about 2" above the top of the meat. bring the pot to a boil and then immediately, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover.  the meat will take approximately 50 minutes per pound.  about 45 minutes before the meat is planned to be finished, layer top the corned beef with the cabbage wedges and potatoes. make sure the potatoes get immersed in the liquid.  when the meat is fork tender, remove from the liquid and let sit covered for 30 minutes.  you can continue to cook the potatoes and cabbage if they aren't done to your liking.  
slice the corned beef against the grain and serve with the veggies and hot and spicy mustard.
and perhaps some irish soda bread


had i made my own corned beef, i would link up to
hearth and soul which has some amazing food, you should check it out 


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