Traditional Irish Boiled Dinner

Traditional Irish Boiled Dinner

This classic Irish boiled dinner recipe calls for beef brisket to be slow cooked on the stove top with fresh vegetables to create a hearty meal.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Place an 8- to 10-quart stove-top covered casserole dish (such as a Dutch oven) on the burner. Add the beef, beer, water, bay leaves, peppercorns, parsley, and salt.
  3. Step 3

    Heat a separate frying pan and add the butter or olive oil.
  4. Step 4

    Sauté the garlic, leeks, and yellow onion until translucent and transfer to the casserole.
  5. Step 5

    Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and cover the casserole, simmering gently for 3 1/2 hours or until the meat is very tender. This will normally take about 1 hour per pound of brisket.
  6. Step 6

    In the last 25 minutes of cooking, add the carrots and red potatoes.
  7. Step 7

    In the last 15 minutes of cooking, add the turnips, cabbage, salt, and pepper.
  8. Step 8

    If the vegetables are not done to your liking, cook them longer, but do not overcook. 
  9. Step 9

    Thinly slice the meat and serve with the vegetables (remember to remove the toothpicks from the cabbage) and pot juices along with horseradish and grainy mustard if desired.
  10. Step 10

    While not traditional, you can accompany this dish with potato bread or pumpernickel bread to sop up all those flavorful juices. Source: ​ The Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors  by Jeff Smith (William Morrow & Co.). Reprinted with permission.