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Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

I’m really excited about this St. Patty’s Day because my BFF Michele (who I don’t get to spend nearly enough time with!) is coming over for some drinking and eats and I figured might as well make this a drunken dinner party and break out the nice flatware and set my seldom used dining room table for the occasion.

For our dinner I decided to make a traditional Irish meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage with Irish Soda bread (ok I cheated on the bread and bought it at the store).

I started out by marinating the corned beef in 2 bottles of beer overnight. Not sure if that was necessary as the original recipe didn’t call for it but I figured what they hey, alcohol makes everything better, right?

Using Len’s fun and informative recipe ( I urge you to read it for her humor and guide on how to select the perfect corned beef & cabbage to use in your recipe) on I Made This:








1 (2 -6 lb) corned beef brisket ~Mine was about 4 lbs
1 teaspoon peppercorn
2 dried bay leaves

~You can leave out the peppercorn & bay leaves if your corned beef comes with the seasoning packet

1  head fresh cabbage
6 medium red potatoes
1 (1 lb) bag fresh carrot
fresh parsley (Dried won’t do at all)
real butter
1 fresh garlic clove
1 medium fresh sweet onion
grainy yellow mustard
irish soda bread
can of beer


  1. Place the brisket (best side up) in the bottom of a large dutch oven or stockpot.
  2. Add the spice packet or a teaspoonful of peppercorns and two bay leaves.
  3. Cover the brisket generously with water and a bottle of beer (optional – adds flavor and is a tenderizer) and bring to a boil
  4. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  5. Meanwhile scrub and rinse the potatoes removing any eyes or bad spots but leave as much peel on as you can and quarter them.
  6. 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.
  7. Peel the onion and cut it into eighths. Set aside.
  8. Rinse the bunch of fresh parsley and mince.
  9. After simmering for 2 hours add the potatoes on top of the brisket and add water to cover.
  10. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 mins
  11. Add the cabbage on top of the potatoes and add onion and carrot on top of the cabbage. Add water to cover everything.
  12. Bring to boil then educe heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  13. Dish is done once cabbage is cooked to tender.
  14. Place the potatoes in the bowl while still piping hot and add butter, garlic, and add a handful of chopped fresh parsley.
  15. While brisket is resting bring remaining liquid to boil then add cornstarch and whisk vigorously Cook until desired thickness.
  16. Slice the brisket cross grain.
  17. Top brisket and veggies with gravy.
  18. Enjoy!!!
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