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Traditional Boiled Dinner

Corned beef is a real treat in our family and we love the savory flavor the vegetables pick up from simmering in the pickling spices. —Joy Strasser, Mukwonago, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 corned beef brisket with spice packet (3 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 3 medium carrots, quartered
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 6 wedges
  • 1 small head green cabbage, cut into 6 wedges
  • Prepared horseradish or mustard, optional


  • Place the brisket and contents of spice packet in a Dutch oven. Add the peppercorns, bay leaves and enough water to cover; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours or until meat is almost tender.
  • Add potatoes, carrots and onion; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add cabbage, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Discard bay leaves and peppercorns. Thinly slice meat; serve with vegetables and horseradish or mustard if desired.
Nutrition Facts
8 ounce-weight: 558 calories, 34g fat (11g saturated fat), 122mg cholesterol, 2797mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 37g protein.

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  • Barbara
    Mar 17, 2019

    I have made boiled dinner for years but lately it seems over or under done or the veggies are mushy. This recipe solved all those problems for me. Thank you! Will make again!

  • mbdumee
    Mar 15, 2015

    We have been eating this for St. Patrick's Day every year since I found the recipe. Simple and delicious!

  • PThumper
    May 30, 2012

    I'm not a cabbage person unless it's in the form of slaw. I made this recipe for my wife and she loved it. I will definitelymake it again. Thanks for sharing.

  • YarnRat
    Mar 18, 2012

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  • SeaSideAngel
    Mar 18, 2011

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  • broetchen
    Mar 17, 2011

    Agree with trying the recipe first before tweeking it. The only difference I made was to put the corned beef in aluminum foil baking pan after simmering; surrounded it with the vegetables and finished it off in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes.If you have the colcannon, why do you need the potatoes in the recipe? Putting the juices from the stock on your buttered potatoes, is much better. Save the colcannon for the next day, if ? you have leftovers.

  • gramio
    Mar 17, 2011

    This is a great boiled dinner. My husband loves it I thought he would pop from eating i. I didn't change a thing. My Mom used to make a meal like this but she never wrote down her recipe. Thank you so much for this one

  • kitchen22
    Mar 17, 2011

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  • Juansmom
    Mar 17, 2011

    JRay Florida, That sounds nice that you have thought so much about your wifes dinner! My advice is to follow the recipe exactly as written the first time you cook it. See how you like the dish and then tweak it for subsequent meals. Serve the meal with the apple cider vinegar on the side to add as you wish (to taste). By all means find a recipe for Colcannon and serve it, if you are worried about too many potatoes in one meal, reduce the amount that you put in the pot to boil. These are all dishes that reheat well, don't worry about the leftovers. Word to the wise, corned beef shrinks when you cook it, buy twice the amount you think you will need, especially if you like corned beef hash!! Yum! Enjoy cooking her special meal!

  • JRayFloridacook
    Mar 16, 2011

    My wife was born on St. Patricks day, and is Irish. I have been looking for this type of dinner to cook for her, for a long time. After reading the reviews, I am confused now. Should I bake the corned beef, then roast the vegetables? I thought this was a "Boiled Dinner". Even though the recipe has potatoes, carrots, and onions, should I serve it with "Colcannon", a side dish with more potatoes, and onions? Maybe I should skip the corned beef, and just use ham. Am I supposed to boil the meat first, then bake it in an oven? Last, but not least, do I use the spice packet, peppercorns, and bay leaf, or just throw that away, and use apple cider vinegar. I was thinking I would bake her a cake, but maybe I'll do "A Great Trifle".Could somebody just rate this recipe, as it is, and let me know if it is worthy as a St. Patricks Day Birthday dinner. Thank You.