A Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe is One of Our Favorite Irish Expressions!

Once you have a corned beef and cabbage recipe under your belt, you are 'set' for Irish cooking, right?

Well... no.  But it's a really, really good start!

A more authentic Irish dish is actually boiled bacon and cabbage. ('Bacon' is actually salted pork joint or pork roast.)

Prior to the 1900s, Irish commoners couldn't afford beef due to its scarcity and exorbitant cost. Corned beef was considered a delicacy reserved for royalty.



In the 1800s many Irish came over to New York they weren't able to find salted bacon, but beef was plentiful and economical.

In socializing with their Jewish neighbors, Irish-Americans discovered corned beef would make a great substitute for bacon - and corned beef and cabbage became one of the most famous of Irish expressions!

Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe: Ingredients

It doesn't get much simpler!

  • 4-5 lb. corned beef brisket – rinsed well
  • 4 bacon slices
  • 4 med. red potatoes – cubed
  • 2 med. onions – peeled and chopped coarsely
  • 1 pkg. baby carrots
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme - minced
  • 1 tbsp. black peppercorns – whole
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 med. cabbage – cut in wedges

Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe: Preparation

  1. In 6-quart cooking pot, place corned beef and add spice packet. Completely cover brisket with water.
  2. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Cook about 5 hours or until fork tender.
  3. Transfer meat from pot to large baking dish. Spoon enough broth over brisket to cover. Wrap loosely in foil and let meat rest.
  4. Add sliced bacon to pot containing meat liquid. Boil about 25 minutes.
  5. Put potatoes into pot with bacon and simmer over med. high heat about 10 minutes.
  6. Add onions, baby carrots, bay leaves, thyme, peppercorns, garlic and vinegar to cooking pot. Add cabbage last. *See Chef Notes.
  7. Cover and simmer about 10-15 minutes until vegetables are done.
  8. Carve corned beef, against the grain, into about ¼" slices. Put slices in center of large serving platter. Arrange veggies in circular pattern around brisket.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe: Notes From The Chef

*Very Important – add vegetables to cooking pot in exact sequence listed. Potatoes will reside at bottom of pot and continue to simmer. Cabbage, when resting on top, achieves more of a steaming action, without getting mushy.

Resist urge to throw everything into the pot at once. Your vegetables will look like brownish-gray gobs.

If you enjoy cooking with liquor, use 2-3 bottles Guinness beer for liquid.

Place condiments in pretty little serving bowls: favorite mustards such as, hot/spicy, Dijon; Durkee's famous sauce; real butter; horseradish and/or small pitcher apple cider vinegar.

We included carrots for a pop of color. Other veggies that marry well with corned beef are: celery, beets, parsnips and rutabagas.

For sides, fill a crystal bowl with applesauce, serve Irish soda bread and a lotta Guinness to express your Irish-American corned beef and cabbage dinner to the max!

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