Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potatoes with Caper Horseradish Sauce

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Forget St. Patrick’s Day, I crave corned beef and cabbage pretty much year round. I don’t know what it is about this meal…maybe it is the saltiness of it all, I am a sucker for salty foods after all (it is a REALLY good thing that I have low blood pressure).

I am not going to lie, this recipe may be one of the more complicated recipes that I have written for the blog. But I can also assure you that when executed well, it is totally addictive. Every piece of this meal came out perfectly and is a cravable dish. Sure, you could stop ones the main ingredients are cooked and serve it with some mustard and horseradish. But, I would like to challenge you to try making the sauce. First of all, it is eat-by-the-spoonful good. Second of all, it is a great base for other creamy sauces, and just a good skill to have. If you do try it, leave me a comment and let me know how it worked for you!


  • 1 corned beef (3-4 lbs)
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons horseradish (divided)
  • 1 head of cabbage (core removed, cut into eighths)
  • 1 lb russet potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 1 lb carrots (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp capers (rinsed if you like them less salty)
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • In a large stock pot, place corned beef, mustard seed, peppercorns and bay leaves.
  • Cover with water. Water should be one inch over the top of the beef
  • Heat over medium-high to a VERY soft boil
  • Cover and let simmer for approximately 3 hours, or until the corned beef falls apart when a fork is stuck into it. If the water gets to below the top of the beef, and more to cover.
  • When beef is cooked, remove it to a plate and cover with foil. Set aside.
  • Turn the heat up under the liquid you boiled the beef in
  • Bring liquid to a slow, rolling boil
  • Add 1 Tbsp horseradish to the liquid
  • Add cabbage to the liquid
  • Cook until cabbage is tender, but not limp (approximately 4 minutes)
  • Remove cabbage with tongs, place on serving dish and cover with foil
  • If the liquid is getting low, add chicken broth to get the liquid up to the starting liquid level line
  • Return liquid to a slow, rolling boil
  • Add the potato and carrots to the liquid
  • Boil for approximately 15 minutes, or until potatoes are the desired tenderness
  • Remove potatoes and carrots to serving plate, cover with foil
  • In a separate sauce pan, over medium-low heat, melt butter
  • If butter starts to boil, reduce heat
  • Add flour and stir to create a “dough ball”
  • Add one ladle of the cooking liquid and stir until it is absorbed in the dough
  • Add another ladle and stir until smooth
  • Continue adding liquid one ladle at a time, making sure to stir it to smoothness each time. Any laziness here will result in a lumpy sauce
  • Once you have added liquid to the desired thickness, add the remaining horseradish, yellow mustard, capers, and salt and pepper to taste
  • Stir well and continue to warm over low heat (making sure to stir frequently, this sauce WILL stick to the bottom of your pan)
  • Slice your corned beef and serve with the veggies and sauce on the side, or poured over the top

Happy Eating!
Renee Hirschberg

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One Reply to “Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potatoes with Caper Horseradish Sauce”

  1. That looks do good! I am the same way about corner beef and salty, briny delicious foods. A few weeks ago Savenor’s made these amazing pastrami mini knishes…, I hope they make corner beef ones too!!

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