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Modern Pat Young's Own Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by Pat Young, Mar 10, 2018.

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    So, until recently I have been throwing a St. Patrick's Day party every year for 40 years. Usually I make corned beef and cabbage for 40 folks. Since I am only going to be making it for a handful this March 17, I figured I would share my recipe. This serves a family of six.

    First, go to the super market and get the cheapest piece of corned beef you can find. Don't buy the fancy trimmed piece that costs seven bucks a pound just to impress the neighbors. A lot of stores have coupons for corned beef the week before St. Pat's so I can usually get it for a dollar or two a pound. The cheaper cut, with a lot of fat will boil down to a nice tender, kinda spongy consistency. Buy two three pound pieces. This will be so good everyone will want some. If you are smart you will buy an extra piece for hash for Sunday. God bless you if you do.

    You will also need one head of cabbage, six potatoes (pottatas), six carrots, six celery stalks, six onions. Get a few extra potatoes if you are going to make hash. Peel the potatoes and cover the peeled whole potatoes in cold water so they don't turn gray. Use decent sized potatoes, but not something so big it would have a dish named after it at the Outback Steak House. Cut the carrots and celery into one inch long pieces. Peel the onions, for Godsake, you don't want your guests to be eatin onion skins do ya? Where were you raised? Don't chop the onions up. You are going to throw the peeled onions whole into the pot later. The cabbage should be cut into six wedges.

    In the biggest stock pot or lobster pot you got, fill three-quarters of the way to the top. Put in the meat. Turn on the stove to its highest setting. Toss into the water 20 peppercorns, a tablespoon of mustard seeds, six cloves of garlic (or three if you are allergic), and four nice sized bay leaves.

    Most recipes say "boil for three to four hours." That should tell you that this isn't a finicky recipe. The timing begins when the water first boils.

    Now grab a Guinness and have your first drink in honor of the good saint.

    When the water starts to boil, fat will rise to the top and the pot will overflow. This will give your home the smell of an Irish bar at closing time. Enjoy.

    But really, at this point reduce the heat a little so you don't set the house on fire. You will find that corned beef water is so fatty it will actually burn! It is worth making this dish just to watch that. But it isn't worth the losss of your house. However, if you rent...

    At about the two hour and forty-five minute mark I toss the onions into the pot. Even if nobody wants to eat a boiled onion, they will give the mess a lot of flavor. At the three hour mark I add the carrots and potatoes. Next add the celery. Mix everything up in the pot. Now I put in the cabbage wedges. I don't mix them because I don't want the wedges to break up. About a half hour later, I start poking the 'tattas. When they are edibly soft I turn off the heat. I carefully remove the meat onto a serving plate (check to make sure it is soft enough to be edible before you start pulling everything else out). If it is, remove the vegetables to a colander. I usually separate the potatoes and onions to separate serving plates once they drain, but leave the carrots and celery mixed together.

    Slice the corned beef. Not too thin, this isn't a Kosher restaurant.

    Serve with a NY Deli Mustard and Piccadilly which is made by combining equal parts pickle relish and mustard.

    A good ale is the best drink to serve with this, or else a plain seltzer for those with alcohol problems or those who may have taken the pledge.
     

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    Serve it with a crusty Seeded Jewish Rye. Set out some room temp butter.
     
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    I take a different approach, but figuring two to four people and plenty left for sandwiches. I like the flat cut as lean as possible,trim to your liking ( there is still plenty of marbling),but not the point cut (never seems to get tender). A couple of two and a half to three pound pieces slowwwww cooked with cover ajar and taking off the scum as needed. Once beef is tender (3+ hours) remove from brine water and cook the cabbage in the brine and other veggies. After the beef has rested and firmed up, slice across grain and keep warm . A great meal and the next couple of days you get to make some delicious rubens.:D:biggrin:
     
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    Thanks for the recipe Pat. It looks to be a really great recipe, one I would like to try. I think it would taste very good. Thanks again Pat.
     
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    Had this three nights ago,got a headstart on St.Patty's dayy.
     
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    I think you got a head start on the Guiness! My absolute favorite btw.
     
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    You need the rye and the swiss. Do you use kraut or cabbage?
     
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    I get the mix rye / pumpernickel bread , Baby Swiss, Kraut and sauce mixture of Hellman's mayo/ketchup/sugar to your own taste. Toast bread the butter outside after you build it. Lastly grill or heat in oven till cheese runs. Yummy
     
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    Pat, my Dad left us several of his signature recipes in writing, but not this one. Help a fellow out?

    Which kinds of potatoes and which kind of onions are best?
     
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    I have never seen this in NH but it looks very good!
     
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    I just use plain yellow onions. Potatoes are any decent size. Anything that does not fall apart. The water will flavor them.
     
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    Great, thanks!
     
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    Nice recipe, Pat! Will have to try it with the Jewish Rye bread, which I love...
     
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    Sounds great.
     
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    Pat thanks for posting your recipe. Had corned beef and cabbage Sunday night. We went to an Irish Pub near Joliet. It wasn't far from our hotel. Love corned beef and cabbage.
     
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    I had a set of g-grandparents with granddad coming from County Cork and grandmother from old King County. No, they didn't eat Corned Beef & Cabbage, but their descendants do with a much simpler recipe: Boil the Corned Beef; boil the potatoes; boil the cabbage. Save the broth. Throw your sliced beef, some potatoes and a big chunk of cabbage in your soup bowl. Pour on a little broth, mix in a dollop of butter, salt & pepper and a measure of vinegar to suit your taste! Soda bread and fresh butter on the side! Simple, yes! Delicious, unbeatable!

    As I told my students, KISS!

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    I love it as well, but only eat it twice a year.
     
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    We eat it mostly in March ,but if the stores put it on sale we will by one.really good anytime .leftovers make the best hash.
     
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