Corned beef, two ways!

11 Jan

cutting corned beef

Corned beef is one of my favorite meats, and I have no shame in eating this traditional Irish meal outside of March (St. Patrick’s Day). There are a lot of recipes out there on how to cook corned beef in a stock pot or a crock pot, but I prefer the meaty texture that comes from baking mine.  Baked corned beef also lends itself to a great Reuben sandwich the next day.

Baked Corned Beef

4 lbs. corned beef brisket
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 can or bottle of beer (I use Yuengling)

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Rinse the beef completely and pat dry.
  2. Rub brown sugar on the corned beef, coating the entire brisket.
  3. Place the brisket on a roasting pan.
  4. Pour the bottle of beer over brisket.
  5. Cover and bake for 2 ½ hours.

The best way to serve corned beef is with buttered cabbage and roasted potatoes.  Alex also likes to throw in a hot banana pepper to spice things up!

corned beef entree

Reuben sandwiches consist of 6 fundamental components. I really don’t like to stray too far away from these main ingredients because I feel like the sandwich then loses its integrity. (Aka, the corned beef and sauerkraut SHOULD NOT be substituted with turkey meat and coleslaw….that’s just wrong.)

The key to making a really great Reuben is having thinly sliced corned beef. In order to achieve the “deli-style” slices, I use a 2mm slicing disc in my Cuisinart food processor. The device slices up the meat perfectly in about 3 seconds.
cooking reuben

Reuben Sandwiches

Butter
Marbled rye bread
Thousand Island dressing
Sliced corned beef
Sauerkraut
Swiss cheese

1. Heat 1 tbsp. butter on griddle pan at medium heat.
2. When butter is melted, place desired amount of corned beef on one side of the pan.
3. Place desired amount of sauerkraut on another side of the pan.
4. Butter both sides of rye bread and place on pan.
5. Cook for about 2 minutes then flip everything.
6. Add Swiss cheese on top of the corned beef. Continue cooking for another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
7. Construct your sandwich in this order: bread, corned beef/cheese, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, bread.

reuben

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