Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Pam Morris
8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces bacon, 1 cabbage wedge, 1/2 cup carrot, about 1 1/2 ounces potato, and 1/4 cup sauce)

This dish is more authentic than the ubiquitous corned beef and cabbage, though it is quite similar in that Irish boiling bacon is a cured meat, too. The boiling bacon is also leaner than traditional American bacon (which does not make an appropriate substitute). Order the Irish bacon from

How to Make It

Step 1

Place bacon in a large Dutch oven; cover with 8 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours, skimming foam from liquid as necessary.

Step 2

Remove bacon from pan; cover and keep warm. Remove 1 1/4 cups cooking liquid from pan; reserve cooking liquid for mustard sauce. Discard the remaining cooking liquid.

Step 3

Add red potatoes, carrots, and cabbage to pan; cover with the remaining 6 cups water. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender; drain. Cut each cabbage quarter in half lengthwise.

Step 4

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in wine and mustard; cook 2 minutes. Add reserved 1 1/4 cups bacon cooking liquid and milk. Bring to a boil; cook 20 minutes or until reduced to 2 cups, stirring frequently. Stir in black pepper and salt. Cut bacon into 8 slices; serve with sauce and vegetables.

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Ratings & Reviews

Laurie18's Review

March 28, 2010
I went and sent for this irish bacon and it was delicious. I loved this recipe and it will be used again. The bacon came as a 4 lb piece which I cut into half and cooked the first piece using half the vegetables. I just cooked the second piece last week and we had the leftover vegetables (cooking more). The sauce was what pulled this dish together.

bariolio's Review

March 15, 2010
I saw Wellshire corned beef (wonderfully seasoned) at Whole Foods & used it for this recipe. It was delicious! It took a full 2 1/2 hours to simmer. Followed recipe except used about 1 T cornstarch mixed with a little cold water & added that to the sauce to thicken a bit more. We devoured it! Will definitely make again soon.