Mustard-Glazed New England Boiled Dinner

Course : Beef
Serves: 4 - 6
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2 pieces bay leaves
2 Tablespoons snipped fresh thyme or
2 Teaspoons dried thyme -- crushed
1 Teaspoon whole cloves
1/2 Teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns
3 Pounds Corned Beef Brisket -- (up to 3 1/2)
8 Cups water
3 Small onions -- halved
4 Medium carrots or parsnips -- quartered crosswise
3 Small potatoes (about 12 oz.)
3 Stalks celery -- quartered crosswise
1/2 medium small head cabbage -- cut into 6 wedges
---mustard glaze---
2/3 Cup brown sugar -- packed
1/2 Cup vinegar
1/2 Cup prepared mustard
1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder

Preparation / Directions:

For the spice bag*, cut a double thickness of 100 percent cotton cheesecloth into a 6- or 8-inch square. Place bay leaves,thyme, cloves, and peppercorns in the center of the cheesecloth. Bring up the corners of the cheesecloth and tie them with a clean string Place corned beef in a 4- to 6-quart Dutch oven. Add spice bag and the water to corned beef. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 2 1/2 hours. Add onions, carrots or parsnips, potatoes, and celery to corned beef. Return to boiling. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add cabbage wedges; simmer, covered, about 10 minutes more or till meat and vegetables are tender. Meanwhile, prepare Mustard Glaze. Drain meat and vegetables; discard the spice bag. Slice the corned beef across the grain. Arrange meat and all vegetables on a serving platter. Spoon Mustard Glaze over meat and vegetables. Makes 6 to 8 servings. *Note: If a spice packet is provided with the corned beef, use it instead of the bay leaves, thyme, cloves, and peppercorns. MUSTARD GLAZE: In a medium saucepan combine brown sugar, vinegar, prepared mustard, and garlic powder. Bring to boiling, stirring till sugar dissolves. Cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes. If necessary, beat smooth with whisk or rotary beater. Makes about 1 cup.

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