If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you’ll remember our post a few weeks ago on basic knife skills – (how has everyone been doing)?! This week, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we decided to put these skills to the test with another recipe. Of course, we had to pick Corned Beef and Cabbage.
Corned Beef and Cabbage is the Irish variation of an American dish – bacon and cabbage. Corned Beef was actually used by Irish immigrants in the 19th century in place of bacon. Since then, it has been a traditional Irish-American dish eaten around the time of St Patrick’s Day.  These are the canned variety often eaten for breakfast today.

Libby Corned beefCorned Beef St Patrick's Day

Libby, McNeill & Libby Corned Beef, 1898

        While most Corned Beef and Cabbage fans likely have a traditional recipe they use every year, we decided to find one to try ourselves. We decided to give this recipe from Food.com a try, because of the review, “Here’s how to make corned beef and cabbage the right way. My thanks to my great-grandmother Delia O’Dowd and other NYC Irish Catholics who invented it. It is not normally eaten in Ireland, folks!” It seemed pretty legit.

Corned Beef & Cabbage

Classic Corned Beef and Cabbage. PHOTO BY IVANSOCAL on Food.com



  1. Use a large Dutch oven or stock pot that will hold everything all at once.
  2. Place the brisket (best side up) in the bottom of the pot.
  3. There’s no need to rinse it because nothing bad will survive what you are about to do to it and you will remove the outer marinate.
  4. Add the spice packet or a teaspoonful of peppercorns and two bay leaves.
  5. Cover the brisket generously with water and a bottle of beer (optional – adds flavor and is a tenderizer).
  6. Bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 2 hours.
  8. During the 2 hours
  9. Scrub and rinse the new red potatoes.
  10. Remove any eyes and bad spots.
  11. Leave as much of the peel as you can.
  12. Quarter them (halve or whole if tiny).
  13. Cover with water until ready for them.
  14. Remove the outer leaves from the cabbage until the leaves are entirely light green, rinse and cut it into quarters through the spine so they stay together. Set aside.
  15. Peel one carrot and cut it into quarters. Set aside.
  16. Peel the onion and cut it into eighths. Set aside.
  17. Rinse the bunch of fresh parsley and chop up just the tops into very tiny pieces.
  18. I find that kitchen scissors do just fine.
  19. After the 2 hours
  20. Add the potatoes on top of the brisket.
  21. Add water to cover everything.
  22. Bring to a boil.
  23. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  24. Add the cabbage on top of the potatoes and add onion and carrot on top of the cabbage.
  25. Add water to cover everything.
  26. Bring to a boil.
  27. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  28. Check the cabbage to see if it is tender.
  29. If not, simmer for another 5 minutes. You shouldn’t undercook it and it’s hard to overcook it. When done
  30. In a large serving bowl where you can stir the potatoes, crush the garlic clove and rub the inside of the bowl with it.
  31. Place the potatoes in the bowl while still piping hot and add (at least) a quarter pound of butter and add a handful (more is better than less) of chopped fresh parsley
  32. Gently stir until the butter is melted, it coats all the potato pieces and the parsley is evenly distributed.
  33. Put the rest of the parsley into a tiny serving bowl for those who want to add more to their potatoes.

And there you have it – a classic Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe to give a try this weekend! Although there is a decent amount of chopping in this recipe, luckily for you, hand strain won’t be an issue.
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   Now – who’s been practicing their knife skills?!

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