Irish Dinner - Corned Beef and Cabbage with a secret ingredient

St Patricks Day Date Everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!  This is my new favorite version of the classic Corned Beef and Cabbage.  I recently discovered this recipe and have become a fan of the apple...

St Patricks Day Date
St Patricks Day Date

Everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!  This is my new favorite version of the classic Corned Beef and Cabbage.  I recently discovered this recipe and have become a fan of the apple juice combined with the slow cooking process. In my youth, I only knew this as “boiled dinner” and the flavors were too bland for my taste. I promise this simple apple juice along with the onions and garlic will make a big flavor difference.

Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned Beef and Cabbage

 Corned Beef and Cabbage:

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

Overall cooking time about 2.5 – 3.5 hours.

 Ingredients

  • 2 ½ - 3 ½ pounds of Corned Beef brisket with the spice package included.  Any brand will work.
  • 2 – 3 yellow onions, sliced
  • 1 head whole head of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of apple cider or apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 pound of carrots, peeled and chopped in to 3” sticks
  • 1 head of green cabbage, cut in half, cored and then sliced into large shreds

 Directions

  1. Place rinsed Corned Beef brisket on top of 2 - 3 sliced onions and the crushed garlic.
  2. Add Seasoning Packet to the top of the brisket.
  3. Add the apple cider or apple juice to the bottom of the pan. Add a splash of apple cider vinegar (a few tablespoons).
  4. Cover tightly.  Bake for 1 .5 hours.
  5. After 1.5 hours, add carrots and cabbage to the meat.  Continue to cook another 1.5 – 2 hours.
  6. Overall Cooking time estimated at 2.5 - 3.5 hours always covered @ 350 degrees until Brisket is fork tender.

This takes longer to cook than expected, but the meat was wonderfully tender and delicious!

Prepare some buttered/herbed potatoes or simple mashed potatoes on the side as the Dutch Oven will be crowded.