Traditional Boiled Dinner

Traditional Advice for Boiling Dinner

Can a classic boiled meal be made with a different type of meat?

Can a classic boiled meal be prepared in a slow cooker?

How should traditional boiled dinner be stored?

Roast beef and ham are both excellent alternatives if you can’t get corned beef brisket. Although it takes a lot longer to cook than corned beef, roast beef has a deep flavor. If you’re pressed for time, ham will offer you a sweeter flavor and may be cooked more quickly. Try brining your own fresh brisket if you’re feeling daring. Absolutely! If you want to set it and forget it, slow-cooker corned beef and cabbage is a fantastic choice. Brisket, vegetables, and enough water to cover the meat should all be placed in the slow cooker. Until the meat is tender to the touch and the internal temperature reaches 145°F, cook covered on low for 8 to 9 hours. During the final two hours of cooking, place the cabbage on top of the brisket to avoid soggy cabbage. Your boiled supper should be kept cold or frozen in shallow sealed containers. Shallow containers make it easier for the food to cool down quickly, reducing the chance of leftovers going bad. If you want to prepare it ahead of time, you can freeze it for up to 6 months or store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Even great Reuben sandwiches can be made with leftover corned meat.

—Ellie Crowley, culinary assistant at Taste of Home