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Corned Beef Brisket with Spring Vegetables

by in Mar 2004
Corned Beef Brisket with Spring Vegetables
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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Corned beef seems to be more popular in the United States than it is in its native England and Ireland. The meat was originally cured with pellets of salt the size of corn kernels–hence the name “corned beef ” (it’s now cured in brine). Corned beef s usually sold with a ready-made spice packet–or make your own: Add 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed, 1/4 teaspoon celery seed, 1 bay leaf, and a pinch of dried crushed red pepper to the cooking liquid.

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Corned Beef Brisket with Spring Vegetables


  • 1 corned beef brisket (2-1/2-3 pounds) with spice packet*
  • 1 small head cabbage, cut into wedges
  • 1 pound fresh baby carrots
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen sweet peas
  • Horseradish Chive Sauce (see accompanying recipe) or mustard


Rinse brisket and place it in a large Dutch oven. Sprinkle meat with spices (see above). Add water to cover. Bring to a boil; then cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2-1/2 hours, or until meat is fork-tender. Transfer brisket to a serving platter and keep warm until ready to serve.

Add cabbage and carrots to cooking liquid; cover and cook 15 minutes, or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add peas and cook 5 minutes longer.

Slice brisket thinly, diagonally across the grain of the meat. Discard bay leaf and arrange vegetables around brisket. Serve with Horseradish—Chive Sauce or your favorite mustard.

Horseradish-Chive Sauce


  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 2—3 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chives


Combine sour cream, horseradish, and chives, stirring ingredient mixture well.

Cover and chill.
Updated Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

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2 Responses to Corned Beef Brisket with Spring Vegetables

  1. Siviana Stipivic July 15, 2005 at 8:48 pm #

    I’ve made this several times and my husband who is not Irish loves it. It’s easy to prepare and a nice change from our usual chicken or beef dinners.

  2. Anonymous December 2, 2005 at 4:36 am #

    After you have finished cooking the meat, cover it with a honey and Dijon mustard glaze and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

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