Corned Beef


Corned Beef

2-3 kg (4.5-6.5 lb) piece of pickled brisket

2 stalks of celery

2 medium onions roughly sliced

3 bay leaves

1 small stalk of fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

2 whole cloves of garlic

Cold water

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons oil

1 tablespoon grainy Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons vinegar

1/3 cup brown sugar

How to make it

1. In a very large pot, place the beef, onions, celery, bay leaves, garlic and rosemary.

2. Cover with cold water and bring to the boil.

3. Turn down the flame and simmer slowly for 4 hours.

4. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF).

5. Mix the ketchup, oil, mustard, vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan, and bring to the boil while stirring. Turn off the flame once it’s boiled.

6. Transfer the beef into a roasting pan that you have sprayed with non-stick spray, and evenly pour the sauce over the top of the beef. Tip: The sauce sticks to the bottom of the pan, so I recommend using a disposable aluminium container to bake the beef in.

7. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the sauce starts browning.

8. Cool and slice with an electric knife.

Serve at room temperature, and prepare my sweet and sour red cabbage as a side dish!


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