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Recipes Tagged with “irish”

Corned Beef and Cabbage

main course beef cabbage irish


  • One 3-pound corned beef brisket (uncooked), in brine
  • 16 cups cold water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 4 whole allspice berries
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/2 large head green cabbage (about 2 pounds), cut into 8 thick wedges
  • 8 small new potatoes (about 1 1/4 pounds), halved
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Horseradish sauce


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place the corned beef in a colander in the sink and rinse well under cold running water. Place the corned beef in a large Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid, add the water, bay leaves, peppercorns, allspice and cloves. Bring to a boil, uncovered, and skim off any scum that rises to the surface. Cover and transfer pan to the oven, and braise until very tender, about 3 hours and 45 minutes. Transfer the corned beef to a cutting board and cover tightly with foil to keep warm. Add the cabbage and potatoes to the cooking liquid and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cabbage to a large platter. Slice the corned beef across the grain of the meat into thin slices. Lay the slices over the cabbage and surround it with the potatoes. Ladle some of the hot cooking liquid over the corned beef and season with pepper. Serve immediately with the mustard or horseradish sauce.

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Skillet Soda Bread

bread irish untested


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter, optional


Heat the oven to 400 degrees and adjust a rack to the center position. Place the flours, soda, cream of tartar, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the flour using your fingers until it is completely incorporated and the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk. Work the liquid into the flour mixture using a fork until the dough comes together in large clumps. Turn the dough onto a work surface and knead briefly until the loose flour is just moistened. The dough will still be scrappy and uneven.

Form the dough into a round about 6 to 7 inches in diameter and place in a cast iron skillet. Score a deep cross on top of the loaf and place in the heated oven. Bake until nicely browned and a tested comes out clean when inserted into the center of the loaf, about 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with a tablespoon of melted butter if desired. Cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.


Guinness Mustard

miscellaneous irish


  • 1/2 c coarse-grained Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbl regular Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbl Guinness stout or other stout or porter
  • 1 tbl minced shallot
  • 1 tsp golden brown sugar


Whisk all ingredients together in small bowl to blend. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Can be made 2 days ahead, keep refrigerated.

Homemade Irish Corned Beef and Vegetables

main course beef irish untested


  • 6 c water
  • 2 c lager beer
  • 1 1/2 c kosher salt
  • 1 c golden brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbl Insta Cure No. 1 (optional)
  • 1/4 c pickling spices
  • 6-8 lb flat-cut beef brisket, trimmed, with some fat remaining
  • 12 oz bottle Guinnesss stout or other stout or porter
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tbl coriander seeds
  • 2 whole allspice
  • 1 dired chile de arbol, broken in half
  • 12 baby turnips, trimmed, or 3 medium turnips or rutabagas, peeled, quartered
  • 8 unpeeled medium white-skinned or red-skinned potatoes (about 3 lb)
  • 6 medium carrots, peeled
  • 4 medium onions, peeled, halved through root ends
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled, cut into 2-in lengths
  • 2 lb head of cabbage, quartered
  • Horseradish cream
  • Guinness mustard


Pour 6 cups of water and 2 cups beer into large deep roasting pan. Add coarse salt; stir until dissolved. Add sugar, stir until dissolved. If desired, stir in Insta Cure No. 1. Mix in pickling spices. Pierce brisket all over with the tip of a small sharp knife. Submerge brisket in liquid, then top with heavy platter to weigh down. Cover and refrigerate 4 days.

Remove brisket from brine. Stir liquid to blend. Return brisket to brine; top with heavy platter. Cover; refrigerate 4 days. Remove brisket from brine. Rinse in cold running water. Can be made 2 days ahead, wrap corned beef in plastic, cover with foil, and refrigerate.

Place corned beef in a very large wide pot. Add stout and water to cover by 1 in. Wrap cheesecloth around bay leaves, coriander seeds, allspice, and chile, enclosing completely, and tie with kitchen string to secure. Add spice bag to pot with beef; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until beef is tender, about 2 1/4 hours. Transfer beef to a large baking sheet.

Add all vegetables to liquid in pot, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and boil gently until all vegetables are tender, about 25 min. Using a slotted spoon, transfer vegetables to baking sheet with beef. Return beef to pot and rewarm 5 min. Discard spice bag

Cut beef against the grain into 1/4 in thick slices. Arrange beef and vegetables on platter. Serve with horseradish cream and Guinness mustard.

Horseradish Cream

miscellaneous irish


  • 1 c sour cream
  • 6 tbl prepared white horseradish (4 oz)
  • 1 tbl finely chopped dill pickle
  • 1 tbl chopped fresh chives or green onion tops


Whisk all ingredients in small bowl to blend. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Can be made at least 2 days ahead, keep refrigerated.