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I didn't plan a theme dinner but I couldn't resist the deals at the market. I have Sunday Suppers at Luques from the library so used that a bit to help, and a little more help came from chowhound reading.

Corned Beef - very tender and tasty. I used Goin's method (start on stovetop, braise in oven) but added some beer and a little vinegar to the water as well as the additional spices. I poached it a long time for tenderness then removed from the liquid and let roast a bit in the oven to further melt and crisp up the fat. Great tip that she uses with many braised dishes. Thanks also to whoever posted here that the cheaper fattier cut is tastier. I bought the point instead of the more expensive flat and that was such a deal. Everyone commented that it was not too fatty seeming.

Parsley-Mustard Sauce - a thick viniagrette to be drizzled on the beef. It was good and cut the richness a bit. She says leftovers are good on sandwiches, but I'm sure to find more uses.

Whipped cream blended with horseradish

World's Best Braised Cabbage - and it is with all those caramelized bits. Also has some carrots and onion. Handy because it needs the same temp as the corned beef.
So much better than boiled cabbage for small effort. From All About Braising by Molly Stevens and mentioned here many times. Thanks folks, this is a keeper.

Red Potatoes - simmered in the beef liquid.

Chocolate-Stout Cake - from Luques, though I didn't make the Guiness ice cream that is meant to go with it. Done in a bundt pan, it does not need to be frosted, but serving it with whipped cream kind of 'made it.' You could plate it with spiced applesauce or carmel sauce. I thought it was not going to be so good but it is truly growing on me. I think this (like most cakes) would improve in moistness if sealed airtight overnight, however, the spicing (it is a spice cake), is just right and the flavor carries on and on in the mouth. I'll make this again. It stuck inside the bundt pan, so next time I will heavily grease and be sure to flour, and cool it longer than the 30 minutes recco'd before unmolding.

Overall a pretty easy dinner and the extra care made it a bit better than my usual corned beef plate. I've got to remember to make this more than once a year.

Anyone else happy with their results?

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  1. Mine was certainly not as elaborate as yours! Because I had an electrician and the owner of this house here most of the day due to electrical problems recently (not in the kitchen) I put the flat cut of corned beef and spices in the crockpot WITHOUT adding any liquid...read about that in our local newspaper on Wednesday...worked beautifully, I might add. Cooked it about 9 hours on low. Mashed potatoes, sauteed cabbage with caramelized onions, adding some of the corned beef cooking liquid; I love the flavor of the corned beef infused with the cabbage but don't like boiled cabbage very much. For dessert, Bailey's Cheesecake from the Land O' Lakes website, came out very good.

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    1. re: Val

      for the very first time i cooked my corned beef in the slow cooker with a little liquid, on low for about ten hours...came out pefectly tender and moist...i will always do it that way from now on

    2. No corned beef for us. We had creamed salt cod and boxty from Monica Sheridan's The Art of Irish Cooking. The creamed salt cod was like a brandade de morue and delicious. The boxty were wonderful potato cakes. We started with a bit of John Powers on the rocks, beter we think than Jamesons, had a nice Irish ale with dinner and some simple dark chocolate after dinner.

      1. Interesting! We didn't have a themed dinner, but did drink some Bailey's after a portobello and tarragon tart. There's a Portobello in Dublin, but I don't think that really counts! The side dish (asparagus) was green, but that's weak, too.

        I wish I'd had some of that parsley mustard vinaigrette to go with the asparagus. Boxty sounds delicious, too. Did your recipe use buttermilk, as one I found online does?

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        1. re: Neuromancer

          Oh good suggestion, and I bought some asparagus yesterday. I think I'll have chilled asparagus with the parsley mustard and sieved egg tonight.

        2. No the recipe I used called for cream. It was 1/2 lb. plain mashed potato, 1/2 lb. grated raw potato, 1 small minced onion, about a cup of flour, salt and papper and cream to make a thickish batter. I decided to use my egg rings to form perfectly round cakes. Now I am thnking about Irish eggs Benedict using the boxty rounds, irish bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise with a good sprinkling of chopped chives and parsley as a brunch dish.

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          1. re: Candy

            Wow. That sounds great. Thanks for sharing the recipe and your eggs Benedict inspiration.

            1. re: Neuromancer

              I'm giving it serious thought for supper tonight. The boxty recipe made about 6 cakes. More than enough for 2.

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