Corned Beef and Cabbage

TOTAL TIME: 12 hr 20 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: 8 hr 20 min
Cook: 3 hr 30 min
 
YIELD: 6 to 8 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

FOR THE BRINE:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole allspice
  • 4 sprigs fresh marjoram
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (2 1/2 to 3 pound) brisket
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 6 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 head celery including leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 head garlic, halved
  • 3 sprigs fresh marjoram
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 small cabbage cut into 6 to 8 wedges
  • Herbed Root Vegetables, recipe follows
HERBED ROOT VEGETABLES:
  • 1 pound baby turnips, trimmed and scrubbed
  • 1 pound baby parsnips, trimmed and scrubbed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    HERB BUTTER:
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
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    Directions

    Combine all the brine ingredients, except the brisket, in a large non-reactive bowl. Add the brisket (you may have to cut it into 2 pieces) and rub the spice mix into the meat. Pour cold water over until the meat is covered. Weight the brisket down with a small plate so that it is completely submerged; cover and refrigerate. The meat can be brined overnight or as long as 10 days. The longer the brining the more pickled the meat.

    Heat the oven to 300 degrees F.

    Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, marjoram, and bay leaves and cook until starting to soften, about 10 minutes. Remove the meat from the brine and rinse it well. Set the meat on top of the vegetables and add water to just cover the meat. Bring to a boil skimming any foam that surfaces. Reduce the heat to a simmer, place the lid on the pot, and cook for 15 minutes. Add the cabbage pieces, cover, and put it into the oven; cook for 3 hours.

    Remove the meat, cover it with foil, and let it rest for 20 minutes. Cut the fat off the corned beef, slice the meat against the grain, and serve it in shallow bowls with the cabbage wedges, some cooking liquid, and the Herbed Root Vegetables.
    Put the olive oil and butter into a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the vegetables and toss to coat them well with the fat; season with salt and pepper. Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover the pot, and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

    Meanwhile, make the Herb Butter by combining the soft butter and herbs together; season with some salt and pepper.

    To serve, spread some Herb Butter in the bottom of a bowl. Add the hot vegetables and dot with more Herb Butter. Moisten with some of the cooking liquid and serve.

    Yield: 6 to 8 servings
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Ease of preparation: easy

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    • on March 10, 2014

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      This is how I make corned beef, or close enough. There is an exception, though. The picture that accompanies the recipe shows a nice traditional pink meat, but if you follow the recipe exactly your corned beef will be gray instead of pink. It will still taste good, though.To make it pink you'll need to add 1 1/2 teaspoons of pink salt or Tenderquick© (available on Amazon) to the brine mixture

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    • on April 14, 2013

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      I was really surprised how this recipe took a mediocre piece of corned beef and made it very tender while melting off the fat. I have never been a fan of corned beef (my husband is. This recipe made corned beef a tolerable dinner experience for me.

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    • on March 19, 2013

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      I didn't have the time to run out and get every single thing, nor prepare this to the exact recipe, however, I added everything I had to this, and I had mostly everything, using my own judgement and it was great! Love the idea of the herbed butter too! I will definitely make this again!!

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