Corned Beef and Cabbage

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4 pounds corned beef
cold water
1 sprig thyme, several sprigs parsley bound together
1 onion stuck with 6 whole cloves
2 onions
1 whole carrot
1 large cabbage


Tie the beef neatly, put it into a large pot and cover it with cold water. No salt is needed. Add the other ingredients except the cabbage and bring very slowly to a boil with the lid off the pot so that you can see what is happening. Simmer very gently for 3 hours, skimming as necessary.

Remove the thyme, parsley, and cloved onion. Now add the cabbage which has been cut in 8 pieces and simmer for a further 15 minutes. Remove the meat and cut the string.

Place on a hot platter and surround with the drained cabbage. Dot with butter. Serve with horseradish or mustard sauce.


Serves 6-8

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I like this basic recipe here. Still, I want ALL the extras, too. Cabbage, potatos, carrots, celery, wedged onions, parsnips, rutabegas, turnips,... I'll use a tsp or so of pickling spics and some black peppercorns rather than just cloves, a bayleaf or two....

This year, I think I'll remove the roast beef, after cooking, then add the veggies to simmer in the broth according to cooking times. Might even broil the beef, too, while the veggies near finishing.

P.S. What does "tie the beef neatly" mean? Rolled, in cheese cloth?

Corned beef and cabbage

I use whole onions, we like our onions. I cook with a lots of potatoes and instead of using spices mentioned I use pickling spices.

Corned beef and cabbage

My husband would take the corned beef out when done and put it in a baking pan or dish, fat side up. He would put it in a pre-heated 325 degrees oven for about 30 min. or so. The fat would render down into the corned beef giving it the most delicious flavor!

Corn beef and cabbage

The picture shows potatoes but none are in the ingredients. Are they cooked separately? If not how and when?

Corned beef

I always cook the corned beef slowly in my crock pot. Then the liquid is used for the cabbage, potatoes, carrots. Always comes out super delish and tender with wonderful flavors!!

corn beef and cabbage

a 12 lb cabbage?

Re: 12 lb cabbage

Not 12 reads one (1) 2-lb cabbage.

When you say "6 cloves", I'm

When you say "6 cloves", I'm assuming you're talking about cloves of garlic? If so, interesting way to do it, so that you can remove them at some point.

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Hi, Roy. The onion should be

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Hi, Roy. The onion should be stuck with 6 whole cloves, not garlic cloves. They are found in the spice aisle at the supermarket.

not garluc

I believe the author meant Pepper Corns.


No, not cloves of garlic but the clove spice (like the ones used when scoring a ham for baking)..