Beer Braised Corned Beef
Thursday March 31, 2011
Well this is a first for A Wicked Scoff as I'm actually posting a slow cooker recipe. I don't have anything personal against slow cookers, I just very rarely use mine. I see the value of them, and the whole set 'em and forget 'em philosophy, but I prefer being hands on in the kitchen. If I want to cook something low and slow, I like to brown it in my Dutch oven and cook it at 300 for 3-4 hours. As I'm finding out, however, slow cookers can be an indispensable kitchen tool - especially if you are on a busy schedule, such as working parents with a table full of hungry mouths that need feeding at the end of the day. After the success I had the other weekend with a slow cooker braised corned beef brisket, I'll be thinking up some new ways to utilize my slow cooker, which I no longer consider a wedding gift dust collector.
Deconstructed Corned Beef Hash Brunch
As you know, a couple of weeks ago was St. Patrick's Day, and to celebrate the holiday weekend, some friends and family came into town and we went out to a nearby Irish bar and restaurant for dinner and some live Irish music. We had a great time...a real scuff and a scoff! Since our guests were spending the night, I wanted to make a nice hearty brunch that would fit with the theme of the weekend as well as cure any ill effects from the night before. The plan was to make a deconstructed corned beef hash, whereby I would take the elements of traditional corned beef hash and serve them individually on the plate. People could eat the components as they liked, one by one, or all on the same forkful, thus reassembling the hash one bite at a time.
Since we would be getting home late I decided to cook the corned beef in the slow cooker and let it braise nice and slow overnight. I also cooked some cabbage in the pot with the brisket and to put a Newfoundland/Wicked Scoff spin on the whole thing, I added a bottle of Quidi Vidi Brewing Company's award winning Eric's Red Cream Ale to the cooking liquid. The result was out of this world tender and flavourful corned beef. Move over bacon, this is my new breakfast meat staple! Also, forget the alarm clock as the smells going through the house had everyone feeling hungry bright and early.
I served the sliced corned beef along with some caramelized onions mixed with the braised cabbage, poached eggs, Habitant brand mustard pickles, rye bread toast and some homemade hash browns, seasoned with summer savoury. Here are a few pictures of this delicious brunch, along with how I made the components and put it together.
Beer Braised Corned Beef Brisket...in the slow cooker!
Add the following ingredients to your slow cooker. Set on low and cook for 7-8 hours. Remove from pot and let rest, covered with foil for about 15 minutes. To serve, cut thick slices against the grain.
1 (4-lb) corned beef brisket
Brisket seasoning pack pickling spice (comes with your corned beef when you buy it in a vacuum bagged brine solution)
1 head of green cabbage, quartered
1 bottle of beer (Eric's Red Cream Ale), followed by 2 bottles of water
2 bay leaves
Caramelized Onions with Cabbage
1 large yellow onion, halved and sliced fine
1 tbsp each of oil and butter
Sliced, braised cabbage
In a saute pan, heat the butter and oil over a medium heat. Add sliced onion, and cook in the butter and oil, stirring occasionally for about 15-20 minutes. Add a little salt and pepper. Once the onions have browned add the cooked cabbage, combine well and keep warm.
Savory Hash Browned Potatoes (serves 4-6)
6 medium potatoes, rough cut into 1-inch dice, washed and drained
4 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp dried summer savoury
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Lawry's seasoning salt
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok pan. Add the diced potatoes, toss in the oil to coat and cook over a medium heat. I like to cover the pan and let the potatoes kind of steam/fry until they become tender, about 10-15 minutes (stir occasionally). Once the spuds become a little tender and can be easily pierced with a knife, remove the cover and amp up the heat to medium high. Here I season the potatoes with the seasoning salt and garlic powder and begin to crisp the hash browns. Once they are nearly cooked and are crispy all over I add the savoury, pepper and taste for salt. That's it, they're ready for brunch.
Serve the corned beef sliced alongside the onions and cabbage, hash browns and your favourite style of eggs and toast. With some refreshing juice and good quality coffee you'll be in brunch heaven. Enjoy.
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About Me...The Wicked Newfoundlander
I'm originally from Newfoundland, Canada, and very proud of it! I moved to upstate New York in 2007, and I spend much of my time working and playing throughout New England. Besides my wife, our dog and hockey, I'm passionate about food. I love to cook and create great tasting food. I also love tasting and critiquing food, and comparing regional cuisine (notably Newfoundland and New England dishes).