Favorite Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
- 1 corned beef brisket with spice packet (about 4 pounds)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 bay leaves
- 3-1/2 pounds small potatoes (10-15), peeled
- 8 medium carrots, halved crosswise
- 1 medium head cabbage, cut into wedges
- HORSERADISH SAUCE:
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 to 1-1/2 cups reserved cooking juices from corned beef
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup horseradish
- SOUR CREAM AND MUSTARD SAUCE (optional):
- 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 1. Place brisket, contents of seasoning packet, brown sugar and bay leaves in a large Dutch oven or stockpot; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 2 hours.
- 2. Add potatoes and carrots; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until beef and vegetables are just tender, 30-40 minutes. (If pot is full, remove potatoes and carrots before adding cabbage; reheat before serving.)
- 3. Add cabbage to pot; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until cabbage is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove vegetables and corned beef; keep warm.
- 4. For Horseradish Sauce, strain and reserve 1-1/2 cups cooking juices; skim fat from reserved juices. Discard remaining juices. Prepare sauces as desired.
- 5. Cut beef across the grain into slices. Serve with vegetables, Horseradish Sauce and, if desired, Sour Cream and Mustard Sauce.
- 6. Horseradish Sauce: In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in 1 cup reserved juices. Stir in sugar, vinegar and horseradish; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until thickened. If desired, thin with additional juices. Season to taste with additional sugar, vinegar or horseradish.
- 7. Sour Cream and Mustard Sauce: Mix all ingredients. Yield: 10 servings.
Reviews for Favorite Corned Beef and Cabbage
"My beef did not come with a spice packet either, so I used a traditional Irish spiced beef blend. This dish had great flavor and the beef was very tender. The sour cream and mustard sauce was a very fresh addition that balanced the dish."
"This was the most tender corned beef I have ever eaten. I used a bag of baby carrots and red potatoes quartered. My boys gave it a hearty thumbs up."
"Really really good. I make corned beef and cabbage every year, and this was by far the best St. Patty's Day meal I've ever made. Thanks for sharing."
"The name says it all my "Favorite Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe". Thank you for that."
"added 2 cloves of garlic while cooking corned beef and pickling spices as my corned beef didn't come with a packet."
"Made it with 2+ lb corned beef; 1/2 carrots & potatoes(used red small & cut some in half); used full amounts for horseradish sauce. Made it St. Pats day. It was delicious and a lot of fun for my husband & I making it. Will do it again & use a larger piece of corned beef."
"I am so glad I have saved this to my Recipe Box! It is the Best and so are the sauces! I make it this way every year."
"I could be a contestant on "World's Worst Cook in America". My husband laughed when I said I wanted to make corned beef and cabbage, and said to wait for his next day off and HE would make it. While he was at work, I made it. It was so much easier than I thought! I cut myself with the peeler, and put the butter and flour in a pot together to melt, but recovered quickly. It was so good, and my husband was stunned. I recommend this to anyone who is a beginner or an old pro."
"This is amazingly awesome. The meat was so tender & yummy."
"I also live in Trenton ,N.J. & wish you were my friend so I could get invited to some of your dinners!... LOL.. I made this as what the recipe said & it was sooo good it is the best brisket I have ever made & family agreed!!! You ever need a friend Im near.. LOL.. Loved it!!!"
"My husband and I enjoyed this Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe immensely. The extra Horseradish and Sour Cream & Mustard Sauces were added bonuses. We tried them both! Did not add the fresh minced parsley, but may next time!"
"I have done this recipe and is awesome, thanks."
"WOW! This recipe is so easy and absolutely delicious! It's even quick enough to make during the week! Most people I know had said it was better to do in a crockpot or when you have hours and hours to let it simmer since it's a tough cut. But mine cooked for about 2 1/2 hours and it is so tender you don't need a knife! And the horseradish sauce really compliments the dish! Definitely a keeper! The only thing I did differently was to add half the carrots and potatoes since I only made a 3 pound brisket. Otherwise, kept it exactly the same and love it that way!"
"I think I just made the best corned beef and cabbage ever!!! I will not make it any other way again...I did make the sour cream and mustard sauce to dip...excellent. I always thought making corned beef and cabbage in the crock pot was the only way, not ANYMORE!"
"I make this a lot ...I add black pepper corns, a onion cut in half, apple cider vinegar and the Bouquet Garni sachets ."
"I followed this recipe exactly and it produced a wonderful meal. I had two briskets and used an electric roaster because we are having a problem with our oven. I simmered the meat in the pickling spices along with the brown sugar. After two hours I added the vegetables but I also added three Spanish onions because my boys enjoy onions simmered in the meat.I was very tempted to add a few turnips because my boys like them two and I had them on hand but did not. The meat was tender, sliced up wonderful, and the vegetables roasted to perfection. It also produced a wonderful broth which made both sauces a wonderful compliment. We only ate one brisket but made both and wewill use the second brisket to make Reueben sandwiches."
"it was by far the best i've made"
"I added onion and garlic. We loved this dish. I wouldnt wait for st. patty day to make it tho, too good to be put on hold. Thanks"
"Excellent! I make this recipe every St. Ratrick Day."