Saturday, March 17, 2012

Corned Beef and Cabbage


8 allspice berries
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 medium bay leaves, crumbled
2 fresh thyme sprigs or about 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
1 corned beef, about 4 pounds
3 cups beef broth
1 large onion, cut in 6 to 8 wedges
1 medium clove garlic, minced
2 1/2 to 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, washed and quartered (peel if desired)
4 large carrots, halved and cut into 3-inch lengths
1 small head Savoy cabbage or green cabbage, cored and cut into 6 to 8 wedges
Chopped fresh parsley, optional


Combine the allspice berries, peppercorns, bay leaves, and thyme in a bouquet garni bag, or fashion a small bag from a double piece of cheesecloth. Tie the bag tightly to keep the herbs and spices inside.Put the corned beef in a 6- to 8-quart saucepan or Dutch oven; add beef broth and the bouquet garni bag. Add enough water to cover the corned beef brisket. Add garlic and onion. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 2 hours. Remove the corned beef to a platter, cover with foil, and keep warm in a very low oven or warming drawer.
Skim fat from the broth and add the potatoes and carrots to the broth (remove some of the broth if there is too much liquid). Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes. Add cabbage wedges and continue cooking for about 20 minutes, or until cabbage and vegetables are tender.

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