If you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, you might be interested in making (or eating) corned beef and cabbage.
If the responsibility of cooking the beef falls on you this year, here are some tips and tricks to help you prepare the perfect Irish dish for everyone to enjoy.
The best spices
The best cheeses
The best sauces
Best cooking temperature
The best bread
If you buy packaged beef from the store, it is very likely that it is already seasoned.
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While it won’t hurt to add more, be sure to check before you start adding extra ingredients.
Some of the best spices for beef, according to NewsCore, include black pepper, bay leaves, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, cloves, nutmeg, mustard seed and garlic.
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There are many different cheeses that go well with beef.
Since there are so many different cheese options that work, it comes down to personal preference which cheese you pair with the meat.
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However, when it comes to making beef sandwiches, Swiss cheese is the preferred choice, with provolone also a popular option.
If you’re making a platter of different meats and cheeses, include beef, include havarti and cheddar cheese. If you’re someone who likes a little more kick, add pepper jack to your sideboard.
If you’re making ham, you must have ham sauce. If you’re making a turkey, you can’t forget the gravy. When it comes to beef, mustard is the best option.
There are many different sauces you can make with your beef, but mustard sauce is the most popular.
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Mustard sauce is extremely easy to prepare. It’s made with just a few ingredients that you probably already have at home. All you need to make your own mustard sauce is yellow mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and for extra flavor you can add garlic powder. Include a raw egg, beaten well for a creamier texture.
Some other sauces you can pair with your beef are horseradish sauce or a Guinness base sauce.
Most beef recipes call for the meat to be cooked at 350°F for two to three hours.
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The time you cook depends on how big it is.
The internal temperature of beef, according to Taste of Home, should be 195°F when it’s done.
One of the most popular breads to pair with beef is Irish Soda Bread.
The Irish Soda Bread recipe via Kraft Heinz calls for egg, sour cream, butter, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and raisins.
After you have gathered all the ingredients, mix the egg, sour cream, melted butter and sugar.
Next, in a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Pour the mixture with the sour cream and raisins. Mix until you get a batter-like consistency.
Place the dough on a floured surface and knead. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a 4-quart slow cooker that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
Make a slight “X” at the top of the dough. Cover with a lid.
Cook the dough on high for 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours. Insert a cake tester or toothpick into the batter to check if it is fully baked. If it comes out clean, your bread is ready.
Although Irish soda bread is the most popular choice, there are others that pair well with beef. You can serve with sourdough or rye bread, brioche, ciabatta, focaccia, pumpernickel or challah bread.