I remember St. Patrick's day in NY so well! Lots of drunk and happy people, calling themselves Irish just so they could be walking the city hoping from one bar to the next ... but then there was always Corned Beef and Cabbage to look forward to after a long day drinking. All the Irish pubs would have it on their menus to end the day after a long day drinking. A warm, comforting meal!
Corned Beef is used in many cultures, but when i hear corned beef i think of the Irish!
I use fresh brisket for this recipe but you are welcome to use the unspiced types.
1 4-6 lb fresh brisket, spiced or unspiced
2 cups onions, coarsely chopped
3 cups carrots, coarsely chopped
1 cup malt vinegar
1 bottle Irish Stout, i use guinness
3 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons black peppercorns
1 tablespoon mustard seed
1 tablespoon coriander seed
1/2 tablespoon dill seed
1/2 tablespoon whole allspice
2 bay leaves
1 head of cabbage
2 1/2 lbs small red potatoes
Coarse grain mustard and thick slices of bread for serving
Use a 20 quart pan. Place 1 cup of onion and 1 cup of carrot on bottom of pan. Place brisket with any liquid, salt, vinegar, stout, and seeds and herbs. Add enough water to barely cover beef. Cover pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Simmer until meat is tender when pierced, about 3 hours.