Corned beef and cabbage has long been a menu staple for those who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The popular go-to dish for the holiday has been transformed over the years, from the original Irish tradition of using pork and potatoes into Irish-Americans' reinterpretation of corned beef and cabbage, and it's a savory meal served up on lots of tables every March 17.
Here are seven easy steps to create the perfect holiday favorite (via the boiling method) this St. Patrick’s Day:
In order to make this popular St. Patty’s Day dish, you will first need to gather the proper ingredients. According to boiling method recipes from SimplyRecipes.com and AllRecipes.com, you will need one corned beef brisket (3 lbs. should serve five people; adjust accordingly), and for the cabbage side dish, you'll need one large head of cabbage, 10 full-sized carrots and 15 small, white Irish potatoes.
1. Rinse the beef in cold water before placing it in a large (6- to 8-quart) pot.
2. Fill the pot with water so the liquid covers the roast by approximately 6 inches.
3. After the water is brought to a broil, allow the meat to cook for approximately 30 minutes at a “rolling boil.”
4. After 30 minutes, reduce the stovetop’s heat to a medium-low temperature and allow the meat to continue to cook for approximately another 3 1/2 hours while covered. (You will know your corned beef is done cooking when it is “fork tender.”) After the meat is done cooking, remove it from the pot onto a cutting board for slicing. (Note: Corned beef dries out quickly, so don’t slice until you’re ready to serve.)
5. Using the water from the roast’s boil, place the potatoes (quartered), carrots (1-inch slices), and the head of cabbage (cut into 3/8-inch up to 1/2-inch sized pieces or wedges), into the water.
6. Taste the water. If it’s too salty for your taste (because of the naturally saltiness of the beef), add some fresh water into the pot.
7. Bring the pot to a slight simmer and allow the vegetables to boil until they're thoroughly cooked and the potatoes are tender. This process should take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. And then, enjoy!