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Posted by: TypeOSecretor, Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 3:07am
Imitation Corned Beef --  And Consommé

After starting Eating Right, I missed Corned Beef Brisket on St. Patrick’s Day.  I tried to make it by looking up recipes on the Internet, but it took too long and didn’t end up tasting like I wanted it to.

One year, I tried a commercial brand that tasted milder than the corned beef I was used to, and it tasted pretty good.  One day, by accident, I stumbled onto my own homemade version of a mild tasting imitation corned beef.

I was making a salad using 1 cup of kamut, 1 can of black beans, 1 can of green beans, and 1 can of diced tomato.  I didn’t want to throw away the juices (even the cooked kamut had a little bit of water), so I threw it in the crock pot with about a 4-pound beef brisket.  

I added a fresh bay leaf (sometimes I now use 1-3 fresh bay leaves), about 1/4-1/2 tsp. Coriander seeds, about 1/4-1/2 tsp. Fenugreek seeds, about 1/2 tsp. Mustard seeds, about 1/4-1/2 tsp. Dill seeds, about 1/8-14 tsp. Cayenne, about 1 tsp. Sugar, about 1 tsp. Apple cider vinegar.  The spices are geared to your taste and can be adjusted up or down.  What really makes it is the fresh bay leaf.  I grew a Bay Leaf Tree.  It was about 8 inches when I planted it.  It has now grown to 6 feet (taller if I had let it).

I cooked the brisket in the crock pot until it was tender, about 5-6 hours.

It tasted delicious and was good on sandwiches for leftovers.

The defatted broth made a great consommé.  

Later, I discovered that I did not even need to use the juices from the vegetables and grain.  I could just use water.  The brisket cooked with water also makes a delicious consommé.

Posted by: Rodney, Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 3:15am; Reply: 1
That sounds yummy!
I missed corn beef this year too.. my cabbage was real lonely this year.
 I was thinking how to make it with turkey? I just don't think it would be the same.
:)
Posted by: TypeOSecretor, Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 3:38am; Reply: 2
Quoted from Rodney
That sounds yummy!
I missed corn beef this year too.. my cabbage was real lonely this year.
 I was thinking how to make it with turkey? I just don't think it would be the same.
:)


Why not try a turkey thigh with those spices.  It might taste quite good.   I buy a whole kosher turkey from Trader Joe's at Thanksgiving and just cook the breast and the bones for broth.  I freeze the rest.  I may try a corned turkey thigh myself to see how it tastes.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 5:56am; Reply: 3
thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Schluggell, Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 1:08pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from TypeOSecretor
Imitation Corned Beef --  And Consommé...


I think the 1st Edition of the "New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook" by Louise Hagler, ISBN-10: 0913990604 , ISBN-13: 978-0913990605  
had a recipe for this...
THey had some Polish old-timer who turned vegan in his last years..so the cookbook even an odd recipe for Vegan Pickled-Herring.
Posted by: Alia Vo, Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 9:58pm; Reply: 5
Thank you for sharing your recipe concoction with us.

You may want to add it to the Recipe Index.

Alia
Posted by: TypeOSecretor, Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 10:18pm; Reply: 6
I forgot to mention I posted it - just waiting for it to come up.
Posted by: Alia Vo, Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 10:32pm; Reply: 7
Thank you for your efficiency and letting us know.

Alia
Posted by: TypeOSecretor, Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 1:20am; Reply: 8
Thanks for the tip about Louise Hagler's cookbook.  I'll check the library.
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