No matter where we come from, in March, we’re all Irish for one day. St. Patricks’ Day is a big holiday complete with parades and green beer flowing like water. If you’re looking for traditional Irish supper ideas, then cozy up to your favorite stock pot and cook up some corned beef and cabbage. The good news is it taste amazing, but your whole house will smell like cabbage. It’s just a friendly FYI from me to you.
Brining the Beef (2 Days Before the Cabbage)
Before we can get to boiling all that cabbage, we have to first prepare the corned beef. We start with 2-3 pounds of beef brisket and place it into a large stock pot. Add:
- 2 quarts of water
- 1 cup of salt
- ½ brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of salt peter
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon of peppercorns
- 8 cloves
- 8 allspice berries
- 12 juniper berries
- 2 bay leaves
- ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
Cook on high heat until the salt and sugar are well dissolved. Take it off the heat and add 2 pounds of ice and stir until completely melted. Let the mixture cool until it hits about 45 degrees. Take out the beef and put it into a large zip lock bag. (You’ll need at least a 2 gallon bag.) Add the liquid (this is the brine). Make sure the brine submerges the brisket and then put it into the refrigerator for at least 2 days.
Corned Beef and Cabbage (3 Hours Before Serving)
Ok, it’s time to take out that beef and slice it up. Place it into the now cleaned stock pot. Add:
- 1 tablespoon of ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon of allspice
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 3 quarts of water
Cover and set on high heat until it begins to boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 ½ hours.
After that, add:
- ½ pound of diced carrots
- ½ pound of diced onions
- 1 pound of peeled and chopped potatoes
- ¼ pound of diced celery
Bring the whole thing to a simmer and then cook uncovered for about 20 minutes. Finally, add cabbage and cook until the cabbage and potatoes are soft. Take out the bay leaves and serve.
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