Corned Beef Dinner

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March means Corned Beef and Cabbage in our house, as my husband's birthday is on St. Patrick's Day.  So I've been making this delightful meal for decades on his big day.

This recipe calls for cooking it low and slow in the oven, but I've made it other ways: on the stove top, simmering several hours, and in the pressure cooker for an hour. 

I know a 3 pounder serves 4 to 6 people as I entertained 30 people for his birthday 7 years ago and made 7 of them. They shrink when cooking to about half, which allows 5 to 6 ounces cooked per person.

March is the time to watch for corned beef sales prior to the 17th, then stock up for the year!  It's seldom on sale for under $3 a pound any other time of the year.
St. Patrick's Day 2011

This year (2017) I snagged several for around  $3.00 a pound.  The rest of the year we'll enjoy many Reuben sandwiches, more dinners, and corned beef hash for breakfasts.

Corned Beef and Cabbage
3 pound corned beef brisket
1 cup beer
2 cups beef broth
1 cup water
2 Tabs. of minced garlic
2 medium onions, cut in half lengthwise
2 Tabs. pickling spice
4-6 medium cleaned red potatoes
1 large head of cabbage cut into wedges
2 cups of  baby carrots or carrots cut in 2-4 inch pieces
Condiments: mustards and horseradish, vinegar

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Rinse corned beef, remove excess fat, and put into a large roasting pan. Most briskets come with spice packet which I rub onto the meat and add extra from my spice cabinet. Add garlic, onions, water, broth, and beer.  Cover and place in the oven. 

Braise 3 hours, turning meat once. At the end of 3 hours, add carrots, cabbage and potatoes.  If small, leave potatoes whole, or may cut in half.  Cover again and return to oven for an additional 2 hours. Remove from the oven, place corned beef on platter, sliced cross grain. Put vegetables in a serving dish with strained juices. Or arrange sliced meat on platter with vegetables surrounding it and pour juices into a gravy boat. Serves 4-6.

We like a splash of vinegar on the cabbage and regular and/or Dijon mustard for the beef.  Serve butter and sour cream for the potatoes. I also make a creamed horseradish sauce which is lighter than raw horseradish.

Estimated cost: $13 or under; $3.25 or less per person.

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