So, Thursday being St. Patrick's Day and all (it's also my nephew's B-day, and no, his name is not Patrick) I decided to do a corned beef this weekend. I stopped by Iowa Meat Farms on Mission Gorge yesterday afternoon and picked up a 3 1/2 lb. brisket. Now, what makes this speical is that IMFs brines their own beef, from scratch, in barrels no less. And at $3.99/lb I was thinking that this better be truly wonderful. Surprise of surprises........I'm happy to say, it was :-).
The corned beef was great. Very little fat, not overly salt, great flavor, and OMG, the house smelled so wonderful while the meat was cooking (sorry all you vegetarians out there) it was hard to resist. Served it with new potatoes, carrots and napa cabbage braised with red wine vinegar, honey, chicken stock and garnish with crisp cooked bacon, with a little whole grain mustard on the side. Pig out to be sure, so tomorrow we return to the gym..........
Iowa Meat Farms and their sister store Sisel's corn 3,000 pounds of brisket and rounds for St. Paddy's day. Most grocery stores are selling corned beef at bargain basement prices, and the quality of the final product reflects the deep discounts. The corned beef from IMFs I made today was without a doubt one of the best I've ever cooked, flavorful and tremendously tender. If you're planning to cook a corned beef for St. Patrick's day, you could do a lot worse than to stop by IMFs or Sisel's and pick some up, but don't wait until the last minute. This sells out fast, and now I know why!!
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