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Favorite Corned Beef and Cabbage

It may be the most famous dish to eat on St. Patrick's Day, but this Irish-American corned beef recipe is a favorite at our table all year long. This is how to make corned beef and cabbage. —Evelyn Kenney, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 corned beef brisket (about 4 pounds) with spice packet
  • 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 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup horseradish

Directions

  • 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.
  • Add potatoes and carrots; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, just until beef and vegetables are tender, 30-40 minutes. (If pot is full, remove potatoes and carrots before adding cabbage; reheat before serving.)
  • 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.
  • For horseradish sauce, strain and reserve 1-1/2 cups cooking juices; skim fat from reserved juices. Discard remaining juices. 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 and season to taste with additional sugar, vinegar or horseradish.
  • Cut beef across the grain into slices. Serve with vegetables and sauce.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Tips

What’s the best cut of corned beef to buy?

It depends on your personal preference. There are two cuts of brisket for corned beef: flat cut and point cut. The flat cut is square, has less fat, slices easily and is found in grocery stores more commonly. On the other hand, the point cut is pointed, has more fat and is better for shredding. Additionally, you could purchase an entire brisket, which has the point and flat cut, or a beef round, though it is a much less common cut for corned beef.

What else should I serve with the corned beef?

In addition to the vegetables and sauces, this Dutch oven corned beef goes great with a hearty slice of Irish soda bread and a pad of butter. For more festive ideas, check out all of our St. Patrick's Day dinner recipes.

What’s the best way to cook corned beef and cabbage?

We love this Dutch oven corned beef, but you can also make the classic dish in a slow cooker with our Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving with 2 tablespoons horseradish sauce: 564 calories, 28g fat (10g saturated fat), 134mg cholesterol, 1616mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 8g fiber), 29g protein.