NEW ENGLAND BOILED DINNER
If making boiled dinner with corned beef, just use it as is and don't add any more seasoning or salt. If the broth ends up being too salty, you can serve just the meat and vegetables, without the broth, or add water to the broth to dilute it.
• 15 peppercorn
• 8 whole cloves
• 1 bay leaf
• Salt, if using plain brisket
• 2 medium sized turnips, peeled and quartered
• 4 red new potatoes, peeled and quartered
• 3 large carrots, cut into thirds and the thickest pieces quartered lengthwise
• 1 small head cabbage, cut into fourths
Put the brisket in Dutch oven and cover with an inch of water. Add peppercorns, cloves, and a bay leaf to the pot. If using plain brisket, add a teaspoon of salt for every quart of water. Bring to a simmer and then cover, lowering the heat until it is barely simmering. Keep at a low simmer for four hours or until the meat is tender (a fork goes through easily).
Remove the meat and set aside, keeping the meat warm. Add the vegetables to the pot. Check the broth for taste. If it is too salty, add a little more water to taste. Cook at a high simmer until done, about 15-30 minutes longer, depending on the size of the cut of your vegetables.
Slice the meat in thin slices. Serve in bowls, a few pieces of meat in each, add some of the vegetables and some broth.