Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs
This is traditional here in Maine. It is cooked in one pot and easy to prepare with all the root veggies mixed with the corned beef. I know people who do this with a picnic ham because they don't like corned beef. The secret (I think) to the corned beef saltiness is to discard the first water after it comes to a boil and recover it with fresh water.
- 4 lbs corned beef
- 4 quarts cold water
- 3 -4 large onions (peeled)
- 1 large turnip (peeled and cubed)
- 1 large head of cabbage (quartered)
- 5 large carrots (peeled and cut in half)
- 5 medium potatoes (peeled and cut in half)
- Rinse the corned beef in cold water.
- Put in large pot and bring to a boil; drain and discard this water which will be very salty.
- Cover the meat again with 4 more quarts of water and let it simmer several hours till tender.
- Add the onions and turnip and cook for 30 minutes.
- Add the rest of the veggies and cook for another 20 minutes or so till tender.
- Remove all to a large platter with the meat in the center and veggies around the edge.
This came out perfectly. I think Mimi is on to something with the changing of the water. I've never used onions or turnip before when I've done a boiled dinner and I think both added a good flavor. I did use a rutabega instead of turnip, but they are basically the same thing. I will be using this recipe to make all my boiled dinners this way. Thanks Mimi!!
I am originally from NH and moved to NC almost 4 years ago, but this is the way my mom and gram fixed New England Boiled Dinner, only they used a smoked ham shoulder instead... I'm smacking my lips now! LOL Doesn't get any better than this!
Mimi...I'm just gonna go right ahead and rate this 'cus it's the way I have been cooking it for the past 35 years...right down to the turnip (which many people miss out on). I am not from Maine, as a matter of fact, E. N.C. This is as basic and wonderful as food gets. Thanks for posting something that I only prepare about once a year, but I look forward to that time all year long. It's an all time winner no matter where one is from!