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Corned Beef And Cabbage

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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 holiday 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!

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The mixture of chicken and beef broth together make for a perfect combination of flavors.

For the spices, I use what’s known as a pickling spice. This spice blend is readily available now in the “spice section” at your local grocery store.

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Around an hour into the corned beef cooking,  I start working on the cabbage, carrots, and potatoes.

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Yields: 2 to 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 1/2 to 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Equipment: 6-quart Dutch oven, 6-quart stockpot, large mixing bowl

Ingredients:
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 low sodium beef broth (for the brisket)
3-quarts of unsalted chicken broth (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 fresh ground black pepper

Directions:
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 to 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 stock pot 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 pickling spices are clinging to the meat just 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 plate. Ladle the broth from the vegetables over the top of the Corned Beef And Cabbage. 

Have a side of yellow or spicy mustard on hand!

Serve hot.

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Fast Homemade Garlic Dill Pickles

Fast Homemade Pickles

I love a great dill pickle, one that’s crunchy and makes your cheeks cave in a little, know what I mean. I also love bread and butter pickles, but this recipe is for Fast Homemade Garlic Dill Pickles, I paired my Slow Cooked Pulled Pork On Freshly Baked Ciabatta Rolls with these Fast Homemade Garlic Dill Pickles because you need to add a little acidity to dishes that cook for a long time. It just brings the dish back to life. This pickle recipe is so easy and so fast, no canning, no sterilizing, none of that, just a quick side of pickles when you want them.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 2 1-pint Mason jars of pickles
Equipment. Hand-held Mandolin slicer, 3-quart saucepan

Ingredients:
1 package (6) of Persians (small Kirby cucumbers)
4 tablespoons of dill, chopped
1/2 red onion, sliced into half-moons then thinly sliced
2 radishes, thinly sliced (optional)
3/4 cup of white vinegar
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
2 tablespoons of pickling spice
1 fresh bay leaf (substitute dried)
1 pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:
I start out with those cute little Kirby cucumbers and a little tool know has a hand-held mandolin that puts the ridges in the slices. Slice all the cucumbers and place them into a medium-size bowl along with fresh dill, the sliced onions, and sliced radishes.

In a small saucepan add white vinegar, sliced garlic, granulated sugar, Kosher salt, pickling spice, bay leaf, and (optional) crushed red pepper flakes. Over medium heat bring this liquid up to a simmer until all the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Using a mesh sieve, pour the hot liquid over the bowl containing the sliced cucumbers.

Allow the pickles to sit in this delicious liquid at room temperature for at least 10 minutes. You could also refrigerate them if you want to serve them chilled. Now you can have these Fast Homemade Garlic Dill Pickles whenever you like.

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Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork On Freshly Baked Ciabatta Rolls

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