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Chef John's Corned Beef and Cabbage

Rated as 4.77 out of 5 Stars

"It's almost St. Patrick's Day, and for many that means boiling up a nice authentic Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage. The original Irish recipe actually used a type of lean bacon, made with a cut of pork similar to Canadian bacon. Corned beef came into the picture as a lower-cost substitution, to replace the more expensive and harder to find cut."
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Ingredients

4 h 15 m servings 380 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

Directions

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  1. Combine corned beef and spice packet contents, water, onion, carrots, celery, and salt together in a large pot or Dutch oven; bring to a simmer, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface.
  2. Cover the pot, reduce heat to low, and simmer until meat is almost fork-tender, about 3 hours. Add potatoes and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are almost tender, about 30 minutes more.
  3. Place cabbage pieces on top of and around meat, cover the pot, and simmer until cabbage is tender, 20 to 30 minutes more.
  4. Remove meat to a cutting board and let rest 10 to 15 minutes. Cut across the grain and serve in a bowl; ladle vegetables and broth over the top.

Footnotes

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  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 380 calories; 19.6 g fat; 29 g carbohydrates; 22.4 g protein; 99 mg cholesterol; 1504 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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The seasoning packets in corned beef is basically just pepper corns, mustard seeds and bits of bay leaves, maybe a little dried onion & garlic, but you can use "Pickling Spice" as well. I have ...

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Chef John's Corned Beef & Cabbage Haiku: "Sad St. Patrick's Day. Followed this whole recipe, didn't work for us." The only thing that ended up being edible in this meal was the cabbage and the c...

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The seasoning packets in corned beef is basically just pepper corns, mustard seeds and bits of bay leaves, maybe a little dried onion & garlic, but you can use "Pickling Spice" as well. I have ...

The perfect corned beef & cabbage recipe. What I do after I've following Chef John's recipe to the letter and have let it rest for 10-15 minutes is mix up some brown sugar with dejon mustard and...

As corned beef recipes go this is one of the best and easiest I have ever made. I used a 5.5 qt. dutch oven and a 2.5 lb. corned beef. Even with a small head of cabbage it was a tight fit for al...

I just made this corned beef, scaled down to a 2.5lb piece of meat. It's absolutely the best corned beef I've ever had. I live in NYC and am no stranger to Carnegie Deli, Katz's Deli, and 2nd Av...

This gets 5 stars just for Chef John's comment "this is a perfect meal because you can make even if you're drunk" Ha Ha! Plus it tastes get too!.

Used this recipe for a 3.75 lb brisket...came out perfect! I have only made corned beef one other time, and it was made in the crock-pot. From now on I am using this recipe, on the stove top, an...

Chef John's Corned Beef & Cabbage Haiku: "Sad St. Patrick's Day. Followed this whole recipe, didn't work for us." The only thing that ended up being edible in this meal was the cabbage and the c...

I really liked this recipe. In fact, I like all of Chef John's recipes. Keep on cooking and sharing, chef John!

Simple, savory, and a perfect St. Patrick's Day dinner. Try substituting apple juice for the water. That's what my mom would do. What surprised me most about Chef John's Corned Beef recipe? He d...