Corned Beef Dinner for St. Patrick's Day


This recipe has been handed down in my family for several generations. The sauce is incredible; so smooth and tasty. Adding even a tiny amount of horseradish makes it even better. If you already have a favorite corned beef recipe, you could still make the sauce to serve with your recipe. The sauce is silky-smooth, absolutely delicious, and makes the whole meal! Serve horseradish on the side, if desired.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
8 servings


  • 4 pounds corned beef brisket, or more to taste

  • water to cover

  • 1 medium head cabbage, cored and cut into 6 wedges

  • 12 small red potatoes, halved

  • 1 pound small white onions, peeled

  • 6 large carrots, peeled and cut in chunks


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons coarse Dijon mustard


  1. Place corned beef in a 6-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot and pour in enough water to cover beef by 2 inches. Bring water to a boil, skimming the liquid occasionally to remove fat from top. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover Dutch oven with a lid, and simmer for 2 hours.

  2. Arrange cabbage, potatoes, onions, and carrots around beef and return liquid to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low, cover Dutch oven, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes. Transfer beef to a serving platter, reserving 1 1/2 cups cooking liquid. Surround meat with the vegetables.

  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk flour into melted butter until dissolved and bubbling, about 1 minute. Add reserved cooking liquid and vinegar to butter-flour mixture; cook, stirring frequently, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and whisk sour cream and mustard into sauce. Serve sauce alongside corned beef and vegetables.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

545 Calories
23g Fat
61g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 545
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 1301mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 71mg 355%
Calcium 128mg 10%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 1777mg 38%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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