I’ll be honest – I’ve spent the better part of my life avoiding corned beef. It seemed messy, unwieldy, and way too, well,… meaty. Global Table has a way of taking me out of my comfort zone, though. Turns out this one pot dish is super easy and wickedly tasty. Today we’re making a Fijian version. Their special twist is a hearty helping of curry powder. If you’d like to make it even more Fijian, try swapping the potatoes with taro root and/or chunks of yucca. Also, Fijians would typically make this dish with canned corned beef – but I wanted to go the extra mile for Saint Patrick’s Day! Thanks Fiji.
4 lb piece of corned beef
1-2 Tbsp Homemade Curry Powder
water, to cover
2 onions, cut in large chunks
2 large carrots, cut into 1.5 inch pieces
6 medium potatoes (yukon gold), quartered
Get a pot large enough to hold your meat (and, eventually, all your veggies). If I had a big cast iron pot, that’s what I would use.
Next, unwrap and rinse off the brisket (this helps cut back on the salt content of the final dish). Place the meat in pot with the curry powder. I used 1 tablespoon and loved it, but 2 tablespoons would be nice if you like a heavy curry flavor.
Splash on the water – enough to cover the brisket.
Cover and simmer the corned beef for 1 hour per pound. Skim off the yuck (a.k.a. fat) that’s floated to the top.
For a 4 lb brisket that would be 4 hours.
After about 3 hours and 15 minutes, add the chopped veggies and more water, if necessary. I also flipped the meat over. Check the seasonings.
NOTE: If you’re water seems excessively salty (thanks to the corned beef), you may want to replace some of the salty water with fresh water. If you do, add a little more curry powder, to taste.
Return to a simmer. After the four hours are up and the veggies are tender, remove the corned beef. Trim off any big fatty pieces and slice thinly across the grain.
Look – the outside is a little yellow from the curry! Neato.
Ladle the veggies into bowls with a little broth. Add a couple of slices of brisket.
Or your daughter can feed you, if she’s so moved.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone.
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