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Beer-Braised Corned Beef and Cabbage
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Beer-Braised Corned Beef and Cabbage

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By Heather Howe and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: February 2011

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Portion size 10 to 12


  • 4 lb 4lbcorned beef brisketcorned beef brisket
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspgrainy mustard
  • 2 tbsp 2tbsppickling spice
  • 2 2leekleeks
  • 2 2carrotcarrots
  • 2 2parsnipparsnips
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspvegetable oil
  • 2 2cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
  • 4 cups 4cupssodium-reduced beef broth
  • 1 bottle (12 oz/355 mL) 1bottle (12 oz/355 mL)dark beer or sodium-reduced beef broth
  • 1/2 1/2cabbage, thinly sliced
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Rinse brisket and pat dry; place in slow cooker. Spread mustard over brisket; sprinkle with pickling spice.

Cut leeks, carrots and parsnips in half lengthwise; cut into about 4-inch (10 cm) lengths.

In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook leeks, carrots, parsnips, garlic and pinch each of the salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until softened and caramelized, about 6 minutes. Arrange over brisket.

Add beef broth, beer, remaining salt and pepper, and enough water to cover brisket by 1 inch (2.5 cm). Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.

Add cabbage; cook until brisket is tender, about 3 hours.

Remove vegetables to serving platter and keep warm. Place brisket on cutting board and tent with foil; let stand for 3 to 5 minutes before thinly slicing across the grain. Arrange with vegetables. Strain braising liquid; drizzle 2-1/2 cups (625 mL) over brisket and vegetables.

Nutritional Information Per each of 12 servings: about

cal 264 pro 22g total fat 16g sat. fat 4g
carb 10g fibre 2g chol 80mg sodium 2,080mg
potassium 449mg

% RDI:

calcium 5 iron 23 vit A 22 vit C 21
folate 16
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