Skillet Corned Beef and Cabbage

I say “skillet” corned beef and cabbage but the only things that actually cooks in the pan are the bacon, cabbage and onion.  The corned beef was boiled till tender then removed from the pot.  I set it aside and boiled the potatoes and carrots in the same water.  Cook to desired state and set them aside with the beef.  Cube the beef when cool, and chop the carrots and potatoes.Cook a few slices of bacon in a big skillet, I used my wok.  Remove the bacon, leave the grease, and add a few tablespoons of butter.  Slice a big sweet onion, chop your cabbage, and add them to the pan, toss to coat with the fats.Add back the bacon and continue cooking the veggies until they brown a bit and get tender.  I was able to do the chef’s toss to this point but after I added the cooked carrots, potatoes, and corned beef it got too heavy for that.Cover and continue over low heat long enough to rewarm the late additions, correct the seasoning, and serve.  I like a touch of red pepper flake added to the dish, YMMV.  Variations on the dish might include bell peppers.

Corned Beef – Sous Vide Edition

I used a vacuum sealing bag to corn the brisket.  Morton’s Tender Quick plus various spices made up a dry rub that was spread on both sides before sealing.  I gave it a week before removing the meat, rinsing the excess salt off, and resealing in another bag.I was shooting for 10 hours at 180 degrees per a recommendation by  J. Kenji López-Alt at The Food Lab.  He does a lot of good work over there and I highly recommend the site.  Alas, the bag appeared to be failing in that very hot water bath after a few hours so I pulled it out, cut it in two, and resealed for another go at a reduced temp.  I let it go overnight at 155 degrees, and fared much better.This is one of the halves after a day in the fridge to firm it up for slicing.  I think the other half will go to the freezer in the same bag it cooked in.I need a recipe for thousand island dressing – that’s the only thing on the plate I didn’t make, bake, ferment, or pickle.

Sammich Pr0n – Reuben

20160319_131500 (1600x1060)This is what I had in mind for the leftover corned beef from that corned beef and cabbage dinner.  I put the bread with the meat and cheese in the press to melt the cheese and toast the rye, adding the ‘kraut and dressing at the table.

Tidbits

DSC03131 (1600x1200)Gail, a six month old kitten, was introduced to her her new staff yesterday. After her approval  she allowed her new chauffeur to convey her to her new domain.DSC_5439 (1600x1060) We have no idea what this is.  It’s about the size of a softball and is made of various fibers.DSC_5441 (1600x1060)I suppose it’s possible that it’s just a windblown ball of fluff that has been caught by the branch but it does appear to have been purposely anchored there by several loops of the same fibers as it is built of.DSC_1749 (1600x1060)Mmm… sloppy joes!  I made a quick bean salad with a rice vinegar and olive oil dressing to go with it – based loosely on this recipe.DSC_1752 (1600x1060)I made corned beef the other day and ran the butt ends and scraps through a food processor just for this hash dish.  Frozen shredded potatoes make it a quick and delicious meal.  That’s hot sauce on the egg, I like a dash of Tabasco on mine. DSC_1727 (1600x1060)Gumbo is always a good idea.  This one has shrimp, chicken, and some of my homemade Andouille.  I still have a little bit left, sealed in vacuum bags and frozen.  Vacuum sealing is working out very well, pleased to have rediscovered the method.DSC_1723 (1600x1060)I made a quick batch of Italian sausage from some plain ground pork because I had my heart set on some and found none at all in the freezer.  I was sure I had some!20160130_114847[1] (1600x1060)I’ll make kitteh bookends to the post with this snap of Bea.  The cats have shredded the carpet on this old cat tree so Mrs J set it outside on the back porch, pending remediation.

Sammich Pr0n- Corned Beef

20160118_152117[1] (1600x1060)I put this photo up the other day as a riff on using the cold weather to cool baked items.  It’s a loaf of rye bread.  When it cooled thoroughly I wrapped it and placed it into the freezer until today.DSC_1729 (1600x1060)A decent looking loaf!  I used it to serve up some reuben sandwiched for lunch:DSC_1730 (1600x1060)