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    English Spiced Beef

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    Amanda2's Note:

    This was one of the great Victorian Christmas season dishes; the perfect centre piece for a cold supper buffet. A neat round joint of silverside or topside is the best for this kind of dish.

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    1. 1
      Saltpeter is a necessary preservative when curing meat and also adds a pleasing red color otherwise the beef will turn out a murky grey.
    2. 2
      Rub the meat all over with the sugar and put it in a pot with a lid for 2 days. Leave it in a cool place, turning and rubbing the meat occasionally with the sticky liquor that develops.
    3. 3
      Crush the peppercorns, juniper and allspice with a pestle and mortar and mix with the salt and saltpeter.
    4. 4
      Rub this mixture well into the meat and leave it in the pot for a further 9 days. Turn the meat and rub the pickling mixture into the flesh daily.
    5. 5
      When the pickling is complete, remove the beef and rub off any excess spices adhering to the surface. Do not rinse it.
    6. 6
      Wrap the meat in cooking foil [the Victorians used suet] and put into a large ovenproof pot. Add about 10 fl oz water, cover the pot with a double layer of foil and fit the lid on tightly.
    7. 7
      Preheat the oven to 275 deg F.
    8. 8
      Bake the meat slowly allowing 45 min per lb.
    9. 9
      When the meat is cooked, remove the pot and set aside until it is quite cold.
    10. 10
      Unwrap the meat, drain off any excess liquid and place on a board.
    11. 11
      Cover with foil, put a weight on it and leave for at least 24 hr.
    12. 12
      Carve the meat into thin slices and serve with anything from good mustard to pickled kumquats.

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    • on January 27, 2008


      All I have to say is... YUMMMMMMMMMM!!!! The only thing I did not do was use the saltpeter.

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    Nutritional Facts for English Spiced Beef

    Serving Size: 1 (227 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 53.4
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 7388.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 13.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 13.6 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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    joint of beef

    juniper berries

    allspice berries


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