New England Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner

I was born and raised in Boston. I am not Irish but on Saint Patrick's Day, everyone is Irish whether you are or not! We grew up having a corned beef dinner with cabbage, potatoes, carrots, turnips and beets. It was a must. We always went to the Saint Paddy's Day parade and nearly froze to death. The next day Mom would take all the leftovers, combine them and make corned beef hash. It's the best!




  1. Put corned beef in a large pot of water. Add the spice pack that comes with it.
  2. Add thyme, rosemary, marjoram, dill, black pepper, and bay leaves.
  3. Add the onions and garlic.
  4. Let this boil for 1 hour, then add the turnip. Cook for two hours.
  5. Take out the turnip, put into a saucepan with 1 stick of butter and mash. Set this in a warm 175 degrees F oven until the rest of your dinner is cooked.
  6. Put the carrots in the pot water. Take out the corned beef after three hours. Let it cool. Then slice, using an electric knife if you have one.
  7. Take out carrots when slightly tender. Put in oven proof dish. Put in oven.
  8. Add potatoes until fork tender. Remove and add to the cabbage. When done remove.
  9. Using a nice large ceramic serving bowl, place potatoes on one side, carrots, turnip, and cabbage on the other. Lay the corned beef slices across the middle. In a side dish put a serving of pickled beets. This makes a perfect presentation. Serve with apple cider, brown spicy mustard and horseradish if you like.

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March 14, 20191 found this helpful

I am was born in Boston and still live here and I make New England Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner every year on Saint Patrick's Day. We even when to the Parade it was a lot of fun. My mother makes her just like you the same way that is so funny to see that someone makes it like my mother.

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March 8, 20210 found this helpful

I to was raised in Boston area and I am Irish. We also cooked our cornbeef the same way. I also make Irish soda bread to go with it. My son cooks his in Guinness.

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March 8, 20210 found this helpful

By turnip do you mean swede

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March 9, 20210 found this helpful

Turnips are generally white with purple tops in the U.S. Swedes are called rutabagas here. But they are pretty similar and either could be used.

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