What is Corned Beef?
While the origin of the name corned beef or salt beef, is not known, it is believed to have been coined when people started preserving beef with salt. The salt was in the shape of big, coarse grains called 'corns’ of salt and hence the name corned beef.
The first evidence of corned beef dates back to the 12th century, and by the 17th century, Ireland was a major exporter. After the Irish started settling in America, corned beef and cabbage soon became a popular Irish-American dish. Today, the dish is commonly linked to Irish-American celebrations and St.Patrick's day.
How To Make Corned Beef And Cabbage?
- Crock Pot (Slow-cooked):
First is the corned beef slow cooker method of making this dish. Put onions, carrots, and seasoning in a crock pot (you can add potatoes and thyme as well). Place corned beef. Fill it with water so that everything is covered and cook on low heat for 9-10 hours or on high heat for 4-5 hours. Add cabbage and cook for 1 more hour. Remove, slice and serve.
To make corned beef and cabbage in the oven, preheat the oven to 350 °F and prep the beef. Lay the corned beef, fat side up, on an aluminum foil and season with salt and pepper as per your taste. After this, wrap the beef, place it in a roasting pan, and bake for 2 hours at 350 °F. Slice the corned beef and serve as desired.
Place the corned beef in a large pot of water and bring the water to boil. Then, simmer for 2-3 hours until the beef is tender. Remove the corned beef from the pot, slice it up, and serve hot.
What To Serve With Corned Beef And Cabbage?
You can serve a number of side dishes with corned beef and cabbage like Asian Cabbage salad, potato gratin, Apple sauce, roasted potatoes, glazed carrots, and crisp green salad. Corned beef and cabbage also goes well with desserts like apple and blackberry crumble, Irish apple cake, and rainbow Rice Krispie treats.
Here are some delicious recipes you can prepare with Corned Beef and Cabbage:
- Sourdough Bread
- Carrot Soup
- Creamy Scalloped Baked Potato
- Best Deviled Eggs
- Homemade Rice Krispie Treats
- Blackberry Sorbet
How To Store Corned Beef And Cabbage?
Cooked corned beef can be refrigerated for up to five days, but any leftovers should be stored in an airtight container. The cabbage is liable to break down a little but will likely taste fine. Corned beef and cabbage can also be easily frozen for up to a month in an airtight container or freezer bag.