My recipe for Corned Beef And Cabbage is so easy. Once you look over how easy it is, I believe you won’t have to go out, instead, you’ll be able to enjoy this traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish at home.
Making this dish for St. Patrick’s Day fills my house with the smells and memories of growing up and knowing Spring was just around the corner.
I start this dish with a flat-cut of brisket. Because it’s just Steve and me, I’m using a piece that’s around 2 1/4 pounds. Let’s get started!
The mixture of chicken and beef broth together makes for the perfect balance of flavors.
For the seasoning, I’m using what’s known as a pickling spice. This spice blend is readily available now in the “spice section” at your local grocery store.
Around an hour into the corned beef cooking, I start working on the cabbage, carrots, and potatoes.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 1/2 to 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Yields: 2 to 4 servings
Equipment: 1 (6-quart) Dutch oven, 1 (6-quart) stockpot, large mixing bowl
2 1/4 pound flat-cut brisket, room temperature
1 tablespoon of pickling spice
2 small heads of green cabbage, quartered
7 medium-size Yukon gold potatoes, quartered
5 medium-size carrots, peeled and slice 2-inches thick
1 quart of beef broth, low sodium (for the brisket)
3 quarts of chicken broth, organi and unsalted (1 for the meat, 2 for the vegetables)
2 cups of hot water
3 tablespoons of Kosher salt (2 tablespoons for the potatoes)
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped for garnish
Place the room temperature brisket in the bottom of a large Dutch oven. Next, add the pickling spice and the mixture of unsalted chicken and beef broth. The meat should be totally submerged. Turn the heat to high, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer.
Place the lid on the Dutch oven, continue to cook on medium heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. After 2 1/2 hours check the corned beef to see if it is ready. If not, continue cooking for another 1/2 hour. You want the meat to be tender but still hold its integrity so, when sliced, the corned beef doesn’t break up into tiny little shreds.
Around an hour into the cooking process of the corned beef, prep your vegetables. Peel and slice the carrots, 2-inches thick. Peel and quarter the potatoes.
Transfer the quartered potatoes to a large stockpot and cover with cold water. On medium-high heat bring the potatoes up to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of Kosher salt. Continue to boil for 5 minutes before turning the heat off. Pour them into a colander to drain really well, then transfer to a large mixing bowl.
In the meantime, cut the cabbage into quarters. Using the same large stockpot add the quartered pieces of cabbage. Pour 2-quarts of unsalted chicken broth into the pot. On medium-high heat bring the cabbage up to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
Still, on medium heat, add the parboiled potatoes to the pot. Add the Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper and continue cooking the cabbage and potatoes together for another 20 minutes.
At this point, the liquid will have slightly evaporated. To ensure there is enough liquid left in the pot you’ll need to add 2 cups of very hot water before adding the sliced carrots.
Continue cooking the cabbage, carrots, and potatoes together for another 20 minutes, then turn the heat to off and place a lid on allowing the carrots to become fork tender.
Remove the corned beef from the pot (if any of the pickling spice is clinging to the meat brush them off) transferring the corned beef to a plate. cover with foil and allow to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
Note: Check to make sure the cabbage, carrots, and potatoes are still hot before plating. Reheat if needed.
Place a few slices of the corned beef and a good helping of the vegetables on a serving plate. Ladle the broth from the vegetables over the top of the Corned Beef And Cabbage. Finish with a garnish with Italian flat-leaf parsley. Serve with a side of yellow or spicy mustard. Serve hot.
There you have it, my Corned Beef And Cabbage.