Friday Foods ~ New England Boiled Dinner
New England Boiled Dinner."New England boiled dinner is the basis of a traditional New England meal, consisting of corned beef or a smoked "picnic ham" shoulder, with cabbage and added vegetable items, often including potato, rutabaga, parsnip, carrot, white turnip and onion." Wikipedia
My Family Recipe:
*This recipe can be cut down for smaller family or single person.
1 large Organic Cabbage (10lbs or more)
1 Smoked Picnic ham (shoulder)
1 large Sweet Onion
1 package Organic Carrots.
Cut up Picnic Ham/Shoulder/Beef or Corned Beef. Cover with water, bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 2 hours.
Wash and chunk carrots.
Peel and slice Onion.
And add vegetables (except the cabbage) to pot, cover and cook 30 minutes on medium heat.
Wash and cut Cabbage into 1/8 wedges *or 1/4 wedges for small head.
Add Cabbage to pot, cover and cook for 20 more minutes
Season with salt and pepper.
I add a pinch of salt to the cabbage and pepper. That's it! Very Easy and Organic Dinner made in one pot. Or you could use a crock pot turned on early in the am and cooked all day. *Recipe: from Allrecipes.com.
Using Fresh & Organic Vegetables really makes this dinner healthy.
New England Dinner is also called Corned Beef & Cabbage if using Corned Beef and eaten on St. Patrick's Day. St. Patrick was Irish and this is a traditional meal in Ireland.
PBS "A Taste Of History" LINK
An article from 1775 gives a recipe used in the times of The Founding Fathers of The United States of America. The article is very cool and worth a look.
Enjoy your Boiled Dinner!
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