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Boiled Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

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Corned Beef and Cabbage

Though it's fashionable to announce that corned beef and cabbage is more Irish-American than true Irish, the fact is that — while "bacon" (i.e., cured pork loin) and cabbage is more common in Ireland today — corned beef has long been happily consumed by the Irish, especially on special occasions, like St. Patrick's Day, for centuries, with cabbage, potatoes, and other accompaniments. 

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds corned beef
  • Spices*
  • 1 large head of cabbage, sliced into 3/8-to-½-inch wide slices, 
  • 3 carrots, cut to 1-inch pieces (optional)
  • 6 small new potatoes, quartered (optional)
  • Mustard and/or horseradish, for serving

Directions

Place corned beef in a large, 6-8 quart pot. Cover the beef with an inch of water. Add spices. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 2-3 hours, until the corned beef is fork tender.

Remove the meat from the pot and transfer to a cutting board. Reserve cooking liquid for boiling cabbage.

Once you have removed the corned beef, add the cabbage and optional vegetables to the pot. Taste the cooking liquid; if it is too salty, add more water to the pot. Raise the heat until the liquid is simmering well, about medium-low. Simmer until the cabbage and any other vegetables are cooked through, about 15-30 minutes.

Cut the meat against the grain into ½-inch thick slices. Serve along with the cabbage, vegetables, and a little cooking liquid in a bowl