I enjoy doing all of these "side by side taste comparison" a little too much. I think that I am getting a little out of control with it, eck... what are you going to do, it doesn't make me a bad person or nothing.....and besides someone has to do it, might as well be me.
I decided that I should make corned beef two ways, boiled and baked. So I boiled 5 pieces in Guinness Draught(my tried, trusted, and true way) and I baked 2 pieces..... woohoo woohoo I need to get a life....really.
I prepared the veggies first: chopped 2 large onions, 4 shallots, garlic (whole mess), carrots, potatoes (red), and finally the cabbage. I bought the smallest heads I could find because I think that they taste the best.
|They look good....|
With the other two pieces of corned beef, I wrapped a jelly pan in foil, put a wire rack on it, then I slathered the meat with 3 different kinds of mustard (course grain, sweet hot, harvest grain), horseradish, whole cloves, and brown sugar. I wrapped them in no stick aluminum foil tightly, so they did not leak. Thank you Reynolds Wrap for the No Stick Grill sized foil (purchased last year on clearance, have not yet found it again). I put them in the oven @ 325 for 2 hours.
I spoke to Kathy to confirm that she and Mike would be here at 5:00, we have to eat pretty much around then because let's face it, we belong to the geriatric club, and we go to bed pretty early. I said to Kathy that Mike is not one for boiled potatoes and veggies. I told her that I was going to make Mrs. Gallo's potatoes for him to enjoy. I purchased the fingerlings for a good price, potatoes have been super expensive. The fingerlings were nice, so.....and mighty tasty raw...I might add. I quartered the potatoes, I chopped up some garlic, shallots, and the star....bacon.....yup bacon.....adding summer savory, basil, oregano, parsley, chives, thyme, salt & pepper.
|life is better with bacon|
When nobody was looking, cause I was alone, and the dogs were sleeping. I peeled and diced up the russet potatoes, I then put the potatoes and shallots into the food processor, pulsed for a minute, continued doing this until all the shallots and potatoes were pulverized. I put them in a fine mesh strainer over a bowl to drain the water out. After a bit, I drained the water, kept the starch, added the potato/onion mix, 2 eggs, salt, pepper and flour together in the bowl. Yes, I made potato pancakes, for the very first time....yup, yup, yup.......I fried them in a bit of canola, drained on a paper towel. I am sooooo proud of myself.....who knew they were that easy, Where have I been????
We had a very nice dinner with our friends, and nice conversation. We had pie for dessert. Thank you Donna, Kathy, and Mike for coming over.
Can't forget the Soda Bread (Wegman's far superior than Stop&Shop).
It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive.