Corned Beef Brisket with Boiled Vegetables

It’s that time of year! Ya know big bowl of Lucky Charms for breakfast, I’m wearing green so I don’t get pinched and the smell of beef brisket is in the air!

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day.. and in this Irish household the only meal I’m allowed to make today is this boiled dinner! This is a classic recipe and being that I’m only using one pot, clean up is a cinch!

As you can see the ingredients are pretty straight forward, but I just can’t help adding the text ;).

You can either make your own pickling spice or use the one that comes with the beef brisket. I have a friend that uses the packaged spices and then adds her own as well. So do what you feel like… you can’t go wrong!

Place the beef brisket in a large heavy stock pot.

Cover with water that is at room temp and add the seasonings.

Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Once at a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for approximately 50 minutes per pound.

Come back in a few hours. Wash up the potatoes and if your potatoes are on the large side, you can cut them in half. Next add them in with thirty minutes left in the cooking time.

Trim, peel and cut your carrots in to one inch pieces then cut into one inch chunks.

You’ll want to use a medium or two small green cabbages. Try not to buy one too big, the smaller the easier to get your knife through.

Trim the core if it needs it; otherwise cut your cabbage in to 8 wedges, leaving the core intact.

In the remaining 15 or 20 minutes {depending on how big the wedges are} add the cabbage to the simmering corned beef, potatoes and carrots.

Let’s recap: In the last 30 minutes of cooking add potatoes, cover, when 20 minutes are left add carrots (cover). In the last 15 to 20 minutes you can add your cabbage depending on the size of your head of cabbage.

Now if your pot isn’t large enough to hold all of the vegetables along with the beef brisket; you could remove the brisket, cover with foil and then add the cabbage, and cover until done. Your vegetables are done when a knife glides through easily.

Believe it or not there is a correct and an incorrect way to cut corned beef. I think eHow has excellent instructions. Click HERE to see how it’s done!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Yield: Serves 4-6


1 3lb beef brisket

Seasoning packet (included in the beef brisket)

1 whole medium head of cabbage {or two small}, cut into wedges

1 1/2 pounds baby red skinned potatoes {halve if large}, washed

5-6 good size carrots, peeled, cut into 1 inch pieces


Place your beef brisket in a large stock pot; cover with room temperature water, leaving room at the top of the pot and sprinkle in seasoning packet. Cover and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 50 minute PER pound, when 30 minutes are remaining; add potatoes, cover, when 20 minutes are left add carrots {cover}. In the last 15 minutes {or 20 depending on the size of the cabbage wedges} add the cabbage wedges and cover. Your vegetables are done when a knife glides through easily.

I like to season my boiled vegetables with butter, salt and pepper, and I love to dip my corned beef in mustard! Yum!

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