Head Games

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Here we are FINALLY with 2 cabbage recipes from our Head Games Episode, one is all the way back from St. Patrick’s day. We had a little fun with the cabbage part of our meal this year. You see, I have a go to cabbage recipe that’s to die for from my Mom. It always gets hoots and hollers from the feasting crowd.

Naturally, we had a cabbage-off.

Both were good, but the winner was, (insert drumroll sound here) my Mom’s. Sorry Alton, if I never had my Mom’s, it would’ve been good. But, any recipe that starts in bacon fat wins.

Here’s how I made our Corned Beef and Cabbage (off) feast!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Grab your corned beef. Mine was 2 1/2 lbs.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Place it in a Dutch oven or large stock pot.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Cover with water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 1/2-4 hours. That’s it!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

About an hour and a half before your corned beef will be done, start the cabbage. My Mom’s cabbage starts with bacon. I halved the recipe since I was making 2 different kinds. Throw the bacon in the pot. Forget that you were supposed to cut it in to small pieces, pull it back out, cut in to small pieces and throw back in the pot. Don’t worry, no one was looking.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Add in thinly sliced onions, cinnamon and salt. Cover and cook until onions have softened, about 7 minutes.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Next, add in a head of shredded cabbage. Cook for another 7 minutes until the cabbage starts to wilt.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Now you’re ready to add in the chicken broth, red wine vinegar, apples, sugar and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about an hour, until most of the liquid has absorbed and cabbage is tender.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

If you’re doing a cabbage-off like me, start your next batch. Alton’s starts off with heating canola oil over medium-high heat in a large pot. Add in the apples and cook until slightly browned, about 5 minutes.

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Next add in apple juice, caraway seeds, salt, pepper and cabbage. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Pour yourself an Irish Beer! This step isn’t mandatory but highly encouraged 😉

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Next, I whipped up a quick horseradish cream sauce. Just put sour cream, prepared horseradish, chives and chopped up dill pickles into a bowl and mix together. Easy Peasy!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Take out your glorious roast and slice it up.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Plate up a couple of slices with some cabbage and a dollop of horseradish cream. You could also get a couple of pieces of rye bread, smear with Thousand Island dressing and make a sandwich with the corned beef as well. Yum!

Check out all the other recipes you see here over at Sarah ‘n Spice, but check out Alton’s braised cabbage recipe below.

HOME OF THE BRAISE

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cubed
  • 1 pint unfiltered apple juice
  • ¼ -teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ head of red cabbage, shredded
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat canola oil over medium-high heat in a large pot.
  2. Add in the apples and cook until slightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Turn heat to high and add in apple juice, caraway seeds, salt, pepper and cabbage. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes.

Next up we have a delicious cabbage slide with the most amazing crouton dressing!

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I’ve finally gotten around to finishing the Head Games episode from Good Eats. It’s all about cabbage. This recipe wasn’t bad. It’ wasn’t my favorite, but I loved the idea of the crouton dressing. I have some ideas for this in the future! If you love cabbage, definitely give this one a try.

Here’s how Alton makes it.

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Melt the butter and crushed croutons in a skillet over medium heat. You can throw the croutons in a food processor for a few seconds, or put them in a zip top bag and beat with a rolling-pin. Either method will work just fine. If you need to relieve some stress, might I suggest the rolling-pin method 😉

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Add in the mustard and stir together. I didn’t have the caraway seeds the recipe calls for, so I just stuck with the mustard. Continue cooking until the butter starts to brown and smells nutty.

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In a large pot of boiling water, add in sugar and salt. Stir around until it’s dissolved.

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Add the shredded cabbage right into the boiling water and cook for EXACTLY 2 minutes. Why? Alton Brown’s got this down to a science. Don’t ask questions, just do.

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Scoop the cabbage into a salad spinner and spin to remove excess water. If you don’t have one, I highly suggest it. It’s very handy. This one in my favorite. No, OXO doesn’t pay me, I swear 🙂

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Add the cabbage to a serving bowl.

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Top with the butter croutons and toss together.

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Enjoy right away while it’s still warm.

SHRED, HEAD, BUTTER AND BREAD
INGREDIENTS
  • ½ stick unsalted butter
  • ½ cup croutons, crushed
  • 2 pinches dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 small head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil on high heat.
  2. Melt the butter and crushed croutons in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add in the mustard and caraway seeds, stir together. Continue cooking until the butter starts to brown and smells nutty. Remove from the heat, and set aside.
  4. Add in sugar and salt to boiling water. Stir around until it’s dissolved. Place the cabbage in the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes exactly.
  5. Scoop the cabbage into a salad spinner and spin to remove excess water.
  6. Place cabbage into a serving bowl. Add the cabbage to the butter-crumb dressing and toss to coat thoroughly.
  7. Enjoy right away while it’s still warm.
Recipe Courtesy of Alton Brown and Food Network
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