1/1 Photo of Lennie's Corned Beef Dinner
3 hrs 30 mins
Over the years, I've taken ideas from many great cooks and have constantly changed how I cook a corned beef dinner. But for a couple of years now, I have done it exactly this way. It's now St Patricks Day 2005, and other members want me to get this down in writing ... so here goes.
My Private Note
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- 1 (3 lb) corned beef brisket
- 1 head cabbage
- 2 large onions
- 1 1/2 lbs small red potatoes (the smallest you can find)
- 4 carrots
- 2 parsnips
- 1 (2 lb) rutabagas
- 3 cups unsweetened apple juice
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1Please note that I've never written this down before, so measurements like the "1 tbsp kosher salt" are just approximations on my part; go with whatever seems right to you.
- 2When you're ready to start cooking, get out your biggest pot, then put that one back and get a bigger one; really.
- 3Into the pot goes the corned beef, taken out of its plastic casing.
- 4Note about corned beef: I have never bought one that had spices separate, but I've read that here at Zaar, that some have the spices in a separate little package; if your spices are separate, open up the package and put them in with the beef too.
- 5Pour about 3 cups of apple juice over beef, then add enough cold water to completely cover the meat.
- 6Turn the heat under the pot to high and bring to a boil.
- 7Add 1/2 cup (not tightly packed) brown sugar to the liquid, along with mustard seeds.
- 8When the liquid comes to a boil, skim off any scum (you won't get it all; that's not a big deal), turn the heat way down, put the lid on the pot, and simmer for 2 hours.
- 9While meat is simmering, prepare the veggies.
- 10Cut some wedges off your cabbage (I never use the whole thing unless it was a very small cabbage).
- 11Peel some carrots and cut into chunks (I recommend 4 carrots but you can use less, or more, depending on how much you like them); peel some parsnips and do likewise.
- 12Peel a couple of onions but leave the root end on; cut in half, through the root end, then in half again, through the root end (in an ideal world, this prevents the wedges from coming apart; don't be surprised if some of them do not stay in perfect segments however).
- 13Get someone strong to cut the rutabaga in half, then in half again; peel; cut into chunks, not too big (just under an inch or so is fine). I use about three-quarters of the rutabaga, but if you want to use the whole thing, go for it; or, use less if you want.
- 14Don't do anything to the potatoes but rinse them to get off any dirt.
- 15Wait for the 2 hours to be up.
- 16When your timer dings, add all the veggies except the cabbage into the pot, turn the heat back up to high, and let it come back to a boil (I add the kosher salt and black pepper at this point, but you don't have to).
- 17If you have to add more liquid (you likely won't), add half apple juice and half water.
- 18When the liquid comes back to a boil, turn it down to a simmer, put the lid back on, and cook for 15 minutes.
- 19When the 15 mins are up, remove lid and set it aside; you won't need it any more.
- 20Add cabbage to pot, curse if liquid in pot overflows, then turn heat back up to high, and when liquid comes to a boil turn heat back down to a simmer and let cook until all the veggies are done to your liking (I don't know how soft you like your turnip, cabbage, etc, but mine usually takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes after I add the cabbage).
- 21When done, fish out corned beef and put on a chopping board.
- 22Then, using a slotted spoon, get the veggies and arrange attractively on platter so your MIL will be impressed; carve up meat and place on another platter.
- 23Make sure salt, pepper and butter are on the table, along with an assortment of mustards.
- 24Realize you forgot to make the soda bread; and serve.
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Nutritional Facts for Lennie's Corned Beef Dinner
Serving Size: 1 (880 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 918.2
- Calories from Fat 398
- Total Fat 44.2 g
- Saturated Fat 14.5 g
- Cholesterol 222.1 mg
- Sodium 3837.8 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 83.0 g
- Dietary Fiber 12.5 g
- Sugars 48.0 g
- Protein 48.6 g
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