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Corned Beef & Cabbage

 

1 cup Kosher Salt

1 cup Brown Sugar

1.5 tablespoons whole Coriander

1.5 tablespoons whole Mustard Seeds

1.5 tablespoons whole Black Peppercorns

1.5 tablespoons whole Allspice

4 sprigs fresh Marjoram

4 springs fresh Thyme Leaves

2 Bay Leaves

1 (2.5 – 3 pound) brisket

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 Onion, halved

6 Carrots, coarsely chopped

1 head Celery including leaves, coarsely chopped

1 head Garlic, halved

3 springs fresh Marjoram

1 small Cabbage cut into 6 – 8 wedges

Herbed Root Vegetables (recipe follows)

 

Method

  1. Combine all the brine ingredients, except the brisket, in a large non-reactive bowl. Add the brisket (you may have to cut into 2 pieces) and rub the spice mix into the meat. Pour cold water over until the meat is covered. Weight the brisket down with a small plate so that it is completely submerged; cover & refrigerate. The meat can be brined overnight or as long as 10 days. The longer the brining, the more pickled the meat.
  2. Heat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  3. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium to high heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, marjoram & bay leaves and cook until starting to soften, about 10 minutes. Remove the meat from the brine and rinse it well. Set the meat on top of the vegetables and add water to just cover the meat. Bring to a boil, skimming any foam that surfaces. Reduce the heat to a simmer, place the lid on the pot and cook for 15 minutes. Add the cabbage pieces, cover and put it into the oven, cook for 3 hours.
  4. Remove the meat, cover it with foil and let it rest for 20 minutes. Cut the fat off the corned beef, slice the meat against the grain and serve it in shallow bowls with the cabbage wedges, some cooking liquid and the Herbed Root Vegetables.

Herbed Root Vegetables

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 pound new potatoes, scrubbed

1 pound baby carrots, trimmed and scrubbed

1 pound baby turnips, trimmed and scrubbed

1 pound baby parsnips, trimmed and scrubbed

Kosher Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper

Herb Butter

Half pound unsalted butter, softened

Half cup mixed chopped fresh herbs like Thyme, Mint, Chives, Parsley or Chervil.

Kosher Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper

Herb Butter

  1. Put the olive oil and butter into a large pot over medium to high heat. Add the vegetables and toss to coat them well with the fat; season with salt and pepper. Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover the pot and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the Herb Butter by combining the soft butter and herbs together, season with some salt and pepper.
  3. To serve, spread some Herb Butter in the bottom of a bowl. Add the hot vegetables and dot with more Herb Butter. Moisten with some of the cooking liquid and serve. (Serves 6 – 8)