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Spice Beef?

NMCIAA's picture

Spice Beef? (post #25655)

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Does anyone have a recipie for spice beef, which my grandmother describes as a moist pastrami-like dish that her mother used to make.

Thanks in advance.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

(post #25655, reply #1 of 3)

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yes, your great grandmother.

Carolina's picture

(post #25655, reply #2 of 3)

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Would you describe the dish in a little more detail? Was it like corned beef? or possibly it was corned beef. When a brisket is cured a certain way, it can be "pastrami-like". What was generally served with the spice beef?

leaf_lady's picture

(post #25655, reply #3 of 3)

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I was looking for something else yesterday, and ran across this - does it look familiar?

Irish Spiced Beef

*7 lbs beef
*3-4 bay leaves
*9 cloves
*5 blades mace
*1 clove garlic (crushed)
*2 oz.brown sugar
*1 oz. saltpetre
*1lb. salt
*fresh herbs
*3 carrots sliced
*3 chopped onions

This recipe is often served at Christmas time in Ireland. It is the only time of the year that you can buy Spiced Beef in the butcher's shops. This recipe must not be hurried in preparation.
Mix all seasoning ingredients together, with the exception of the carrots, onions and herbs. Rub seasoning into meat. Then place meat on remainder of seasoning. Keep cool. Rub seasoning into meat each day. After 7 days put meat into a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to boil, and then simmer for about 5-6 hours, or until meat is tender. Place meat on flat surface, and cover with a heavy object. When meat is cold it will be ready to eat.