Posts Tagged ‘corned beef recipes’

Fresh Horseradish Sauce

March 7, 2009

Fresh horseradish is superb compared to store-bought, inexpensive and easy to make with home-grown horseradish roots.   They do like moisture so plant them close to an outdoor spigot and harvest in the fall.  Your local farmers’ market is another good source.  I always get my supply from my good friend, Juanita Jones Antonio, but there just never seems to be enough to go around once the rest of the gang partakes.

1 lb fresh horseradish roots, scrubbed and trimmed

2 Tbsp salt (or to taste)

2 dashes Tabasco sauce

1/4 cup vermouth or dry sherry

Chop the roots, place in a food processor or blender and puree.  Mix with remaining ingredients, pack into glass jars, and store in the refrigerator.  Just before using, add enough sour cream or yogurt to bind the sauce for a condiment or use without  the dairy in recipes calling for horseradish.

St. Patty’s Day Recipes

March 6, 2009
Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage

Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage

St. Patrick is best known for chasing the snakes out of Ireland.  That’s a bit out of context as most of our folk lore.  St. Patrick was actually the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Ireland in 438 A.D. and responsible for purging Ireland of pagan rituals which were symbolized with serpents.  There are not now, nor have there ever been snakes in Ireland, not of the reptilian sort anyway.  

A traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage Boiled Dinner is a ritual in itself for any Irishman, lephrecon, or sympathetic and enthusiastic friend of Irish ways.  Be sure to bake a round of Irish Soda Bread for this festive occasion and don’t forget the horseradish.

Irish Corned Beef & Cabbage 

5 lbs of corned beef brisket

2 onions

5-6 carrots

5-6 potatoes

1 Tbsp pickling spice

1 cabbage cut into wedges

Rinse brisket in cold water.  Place in Dutch oven or large sauce pan, cover with water, bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove meat, place in fresh water with onions, carrots, potatoes and pickling spice.   Bring to boil, then simmer until tender, about 2 hours.  Remove meat and vegetables.  Bring water back to boil, drop cabbage in for 5-7 minutes.  Remove cabbage and drain before serving. Serve with creamy horseradish and mustard.

White Irish Soda Bread                                    Irish Soda Bread

6 cups unbleached white or wheat flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

3 Tbsp cornstarch

2 tsp sugar or honey

1 tsp salt

2-1/2 cups buttermilk *


Sift all dry ingredients together in large bowl.  Make a well in middle of flour mixture and pour buttermilk into well.  With a wooden spoon, mix just until all ingredients are moistened.   Turn out onto lightly floured board and kneed 10 times into a ball.  Place in ungreased pan, dust top with a little flour, score a cross on the top with a sharp knife blade or razor.  Bake in oven 375° F. for 40 minutes.  Serve warm.

* substitute 1-1/2 cups yogurt and 1 cup water for buttermilk.