Corned beef need not be boring. In this article, we will discuss what to serve with Corned Beef to give more life and celebration to that plate.
And speaking of celebration, St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching. St. Patrick’s Day is more than just an excuse to drink green beer and wear shamrock-shaped sunglasses. It’s a celebration of Irish culture, complete with parades, Celtic music, and the occasional leprechaun sighting.
Corned beef and St. Patrick’s Day go hand in hand here in the United States. The Irish culture and tradition is said to have started when Irish immigrants came to their new land and incorporated the meat that was available to them into their cooking.
The availability of beef brisket led to the popularity of what we now know as a typical boiled dinner. This is a classic dish. But I don’t think that corned beef needs to be limited to the usual corned beef and cabbage dinner where you just toss everything into a pot of water.
We’ve all seen it before. Boil the corned beef in a salt brine with potatoes, carrots, onions and cabbage wedges. Serve it up with some mustard and wash it down with green beer. It’s fun, but it could be better.
Corned beef is such a delicious meat it deserves a place on the dinner table more than once a year on St. Patrick’s Day.
Not only is corned beef a great main dish on that day, but it can also be used to make really tasty sides and appetizers as well.
But, if you want to try some new ways to serve up your corned beef dinner, here’s a list of the best sides and ingredients to bring your corned beef to the next level.
Instead of boiling your cabbage, saute it with some olive oil, garlic and onions. It will caramelize and become very delicious.
Caramelized onions are a great side dish with corned beef. Cook them low and slow until they are soft and sweet.
The traditional corned beef and cabbage recipe calls for boiling your turnips and other root vegetables. Try roasting them after tossing them in olive oil, salt and pepper. The earthy flavors of the roasted turnips go great with the salty meat.
There are so many different ways to cook potatoes. You aren’t limited to boiling them. Roast them in the oven with onions, garlic and rosemary. Toss them in a little bit of olive oil before putting them in the oven.
I like making mashed potatoes with heavy cream, roasted garlic and blue cheese. I usually used red potatoes, but use your favorite potatoes for mashing.
Tater tots are the perfect side with corned beef. Cover them in sharp cheddar cheese and pop them in the oven to make your favorite version of Irish nachos.
A great side dish or appetizer are Reuben Fries. Smother some french fries in corned beef, sauerkraut and Russian dressing.
Sauerkraut is great with corned beef. It’s a classic side dish for many European sausages and cured meats. The tanginess of the pickled cabbage is the perfect compliment for the salty and fatty beef.
Sauteed Peppers and Onions
When you cook your peppers and onions low and slow they will develop rich flavors that are a great side dish with corned beef. I suggest using red and yellow peppers instead of green peppers. They are much sweeter than the green peppers.
My favorite way to cook brussels sprouts is to saute them first and then finish them off in the oven to get nice and crispy. Olive oil, garlic and balsamic vinegar will elevate your brussels sprouts.
Cut your carrots into thin matchsticks and toss them with onions, olive oil, salt and peppers. Roast them in high heat for about 20 minutes and drizzle some honey over them before serving.
Cook your sweet potatoes in a frying pan with onions and garlic. Crisp them up to make a delicious hash and toss in some diced corned beef. Serve with over easy fried eggs.
Make a potato salad. A classic recipe for potato salad has fresh herbs, vinegar and dijon mustard. This is a great side dish for your corned beef because of the vinegar and tangy dijon mustard.
Shred up a head of cabbage and toss with brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise, carrots and green onions. This is a great way to make a slaw that you can serve as a side dish or put in a sandwich. A corned beef sandwich on rye bread with Swiss cheese and coleslaw is awesome. Add some Thousand Island dressing.
You can use fresh corn by cutting it right from the cobb, or this is a great way to elevate a can of corn. Use whole kernel corn and toss it with lime juice, red onion, bell peppers and garlic. Season it well with Kosher salt, black pepper and oregano.
Take some frozen broccoli and saute it with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Add some grated parmesan cheese and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice right before serving it. This is an easy and delicious broccoli side dish.
Make a sandwich with rye bread, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing. Grill it in a frying pan with butter to melt the cheese.
A really simple and fresh salad with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and red onion is a good side dish for your corned beef dinner. Toss the salad with red wine vinegar and olive oil. The vinegar will help cut the fattiness of the corned beef.
Make a simple horseradish sauce with mayonnaise, sour cream and prepared horseradish. This fresh horseradish sauce is great on corned beef and roast beef.
Everyone serves corned beef with mustard, but not everyone makes a homemade honey mustard sauce. It’s so easy. Just mix up some brown mustard, mayonnaise and honey. Add some green onion for a little freshness.
A “bollito misto” is an Italian version of the corned beef and cabbage boiled dinner. It is usually served with a salsa verde made with fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil and vinegar. This is the perfect dipping sauce for a fatty and meaty main course.
Any type of pickle will be a great side dish to go along with the corned beef. That’s why some of the best delis in New York City serve a plate of pickles with their corned beef and pastrami sandwiches.
This medley of pickled vegetables usually contains carrots, celery, cauliflower, olives and hot peppers.
Reuben Egg Rolls
This is a great way to use up leftover corned beef. Chop up the corned beef and mix it with sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese. Wrap it in an eggroll wrapper and fry it until it’s golden brown. Serve it with 1000 Island dressing on the side for dipping.
A typical crostini is toasted Italian bread rubbed with a garlic clove and topped with olive oil and vegetables. Get creative and top the toasted bread with shredded corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and a drizzle of Russian dressing.
Sauteed Green Beans
Saute some green beans with garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. It’s a simple side dish that takes little time to prepare. You can use frozen green beans or fresh green beans.
Serve your corned beef with soft dinner rolls and traditional Irish soda bread.
What to Serve with Corned Beef FAQs
How is corned beef made?
Corned beef is made by letting a beef brisket soak in a brine for a long period of time. It usually takes 7-10 days to brine corned beef.
The brine is made up of salt, sugar and a variety of spices. The spices usually include saltpeter, cinnamon stick, mustard seed, peppercorns, cloves, allspice, juniper berries and bay leaves. You can usually find a spice packet in the grocery store.
How to cook corned beef?
It’s a really easy recipe. The best way to cook corned beef is to let it simmer for a long time. Fill a large pot or dutch oven with water and add the corned beef.
Bring it to a boil and then lower the heat. Leave it on low for 3-4 hours until fork tender.
It can also be cooked in a slow cooker, instant pot or pressure cooker. Be sure to follow the directions when you use any of these appliances.
What can I do with leftover corned beef?
Leftover corned beef can be used for corned beef hash, corned beef sandwiches and more creative things like Reuben egg rolls.
Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional dish that has become synonymous with the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in the United States. But that’s not all – those who celebrate this day can also enjoy green beer, four-leaf clovers, and the luck of the Irish.
In addition, aspects of Irish culture such as Guinness beer, Irish dancing, and the Emerald Isle are also commonly associated with this holiday, making it a time for celebration and enjoyment of all things Irish.
Overall, the popularity and cultural significance of this dish continue to endure, making it a staple in Irish-American cuisine and a symbol of Irish culture for many. Regardless of how it is prepared, one thing is for sure: corned beef is a dish that is loved by many and enjoyed across different cultures.