Errol Flynn Woulda Loved Him Some Corned Beef.

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First order of business: no, I haven’t forgotten about the coffee bean giveaway. But we’ve hit a little obstacle in the bean roasting process. Our gas grill, which was down to only working on the spare burner, finally gave up the ghost. May it rest in pieces, preferably somewhere other than my patio. So, we’ve been forced to rely on local coffee bean roasters in town for the last week or so. And, I have to say, my hubby, the Big Bison really, really knows what he’s doing – I prefer his beans to the other two types we’ve tried so far.

So, anyway, we ordered an outdoor camp stove/burner type of thing JUST for roasting beans, and we’ve been tracking its shipping progress. It seems to have reached our local Walmart, so I suspect the BB will be picking it up soon, and resuming roasting operations before you can say, “Honey, would you mind fixing me a cuppa Joe?”. So, rather than making the winner wait impatiently on her fresh-roasted coffee beans, I’ll make all of you wait! So much better that way! (I really haven’t chosen the winning question yet, so there’s still time to enter if you’d like.)

But I’ve had a St. Patty’s day post on my mind that I wanted to publish before the day, so that YOU have time to do a little grocery shopping, if you decide you’d like to give it a try. Every St. Patrick’s day, I make this recipe of Corned Beef and Cabbage, and Champ (Irish style mashed potatoes) and Irish soda bread, and the whole family loves and looks forward to it. And since I discovered a couple of years ago that I actually have more than a wee bit o’ the Irish blood runnin’ through me veins (sorry – my brain just lapsed into an Irish brogue – hope you can hear it yerself in yer own brain), I think it only right and proper that I share the love.

Erin go bragh!

Or go braless! What do I care? Because I’m gonna have me some corned beef.

I got this recipe on the  website, but I have altered it some, just because I wanted to.   It was originally published in House & Garden magazine, and the recipe was given to them by James Beard, one of the Founding Foodie Fathers of the Food Revolution that’s been going on for a while now. Vive La Révolution! (Uh oh. Wrong culture.) Anyway, it was published in 1965. Now I know what you’re thinking: can any recipe that comes out of the ’60’s be good? Oh, ye of little faith! Would Sooze steer you wrong? You know I wouldn’t!

I think today, I’ll give you my recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage, and for the Horseradish Sauce that I make to go with it, and if you’re really nice, and leave me a comment with your thoughts on corned beef, tomorrow I’ll give you another recipe for St. Patrick’s Day. How would that be?

This recipe is so EASY. Easy, easy, easy. You need a big pot, a few swipes of the knife, and you’re In Like Flynn. Was he Irish?

How’dja like to sit down to share a little corned beef with this guy?

I googled. Indeed he was. About as much as I am. Born in Tasmania, parents who were native Australians, of Irish descent. Ya see? If that ain’t 6º of separation, I don’t know what is. Corned beef and cabbage is pretty much the food of the common man, but honestly, with the prices of beef today, it’s gotten a little bit more daunting. You’ll be tempted to buy the smallest package of corned beef that you can find, just to save money. That happens to me every year! And every year, I always regret buying the smallest piece, because #1) this is so yummy, it will probably be all gobbled up, and #2) when my kids were small and we DID have leftovers, I made a fabulous Corned Beef on Rye Sandwich with Carmelized Onions and Sauerkraut that was good enough to make you want to turn around and smack your Momma. So, if you want that recipe as well, you’re just going to have to beg me for it.

In the meantime:

Corned Beef and Cabbage à la James Beard

5 pounds corned brisket of beef (I never buy that much; I think most packages are closer to 3 lbs.)
6 peppercorns, or packaged pickling spices (these come inside your package of corned beef; don’t be afraid to use them; there’s usually a bay leaf in there, too)
3 carrots, peeled and quartered (or more, if you like)
3 onions, peeled and quartered
1 medium sized green cabbage, cut into wedges (I always feel like I end up with too much cabbage, and not enough carrots, so adjust according to what you like)
4 T. melted butter (although this much may be overkill – I don’t usually use that much – it’s a fatty meat)

Place the corned beef in water to cover with the peppercorns or mixed pickling spices.
Cover the pot, (you’ll need a big one), bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 hours or until tender, skimming occasionally. During the last hour, add the carrots and onions and cover again. During the last 15 minutes, add the cabbage. Transfer meat and vegetables to a platter and brush the vegetables with the melted butter.

Horseradish Sauce

James Beard didn’t suggest this, but we love it with the corned beef. The horseradish adds such a nice ZING! Just need a small spoonful on the side to dip your meat into. I also serve this on the side at Christmas when we have a standing rib roast.

1 c. whipping cream
1 T. prepared horseradish (you’ll find it in jars in the refrigerated section of your supermarket)
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 T. Dijon mustard
pinch of sugar

Whip cream till peaks form; fold in the rest of the ingredients.


  1. It sounds yummy. That sauce must be super rich.. almost dessert. 😉

  2. I love corned beef but I will be using my grandmother's recipe. Yours does sound yummy.

  3. The sauce is very, very rich. You only need a small dollop to dip in. Just a tablespoon on the side. I'll add that comment to the recipe.

  4. Gary, I love to bake! I have some recipes listed on the right at the bottom. I especially love pie, don'tchaknow. Hey, Pi day is coming up soon: 3.14!!! I should get motivated and make some pi! That's not square! Maybe a nice rhubarb or strawberry pie in honor of springtime?

  5. Yummy! If I don't get lucky enough to eat out…I will try this recipe this year. Of course….I would like your irish potatoes or bread recipe as well 🙂

  6. I'm totally in the mood for corned beef now. And I love horseradish. Hey, win-win!*Evil laugh*

  7. Stephanie (Just Me) says

    Someone who spent several years in Honduras told me recently that her favorite way to roast coffee beans is with a hot air popcorn popper. Might be worth fooling around with while you're waiting for the camp stove.I bought some corned beef yesterday because I've been thinking about Reubens. (The sandwich, not the painter. That would be way too highbrow for me.) I don't think I've ever made it before. I wonder if we'll like it… I may have to cook it up before next Thursday so I can go buy some more if it's a hit. Horseradish is a brilliant idea!

  8. Mandy!!!You are EVIL!!! LOL!

  9. Hey, Stephanie: guess what?The BB picked up the cooker and just now set it up in the kitchen!So, looks like we're back in bidness!!!Enjoy that corned beef!

  10. Hey, next time your 'roaster' bites the dust….we can give you great tips on doing it with an air popper. 🙂 My hubby is a pro. Every time I've tried to do it on a stove top type situation, I scorch the beans.

  11. What time should I be there on the 17th?

  12. I want the horseradish sauce, never made my own before. Now that, and the Errol Flynn picture, has my mouth watering. He was such a babe wasn't he?

  13. YUM YUM!!! Byron’s the corned beef chef around here, and oh how he loves corned beef. I’ll share your recipe with him and see if he’ll use it this year. His is nearly like yorus. The sauce sounds like a dandy accompaniment!

  14. Oh. My. That sounds delicious!

  15. I knew you’d like it, Nota. It’s from the ’60’s! I think this might have been served the night after the Bridge Club had your mushrooms!!!

  16. Errol Flynn. What a cutie. Modern movies could use more sword fights…

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  18. Irish Soda Bread? DS loves corned beef. DH could take it or leave it. DD leaves it – every time.

    Oh – Too-ra Loo-ra Loo-ra is on my iTunes now. How appropriate!

  19. I sure wish you were close enough to just share some of yours with me instead of my having to actually COOK. 🙂 I do love some good corned beef and horseradish mmmmmm

  20. ok. Can I make this in the crockpot? St Patty’s is on a thursday.

  21. Alice, I absolutely believe that you could do this in a crockpot, easy peasy. Boiling is what crockpots do best. Boinging is what Tiggers do best. Go forth, boil, and boing. Your dear husband can thank me later.

  22. This sounds like a great recipe. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to making it this Thursday.

  23. Wookie likes horseradish sauce when you grate the raw horseradish and fold it into the sauce. FIERY!

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