Sunday, February 15, 2015

Corned Beef with Mustard and Parsley Sauce

After having success with soup I was ready to really put the TM5 through its paces. One of my favourite comfort foods would have to be corned beef and mashed potato so what better meal to test out the Varoma.

I adapted this from a delicious recipe by Ros Hanson I found on the Thermofun blog. It's simple, yet so delicious.

Mustard and Parsley Sauce
10 g flat leaf Italian parsley (handful)
50 g butter, cubed
25 g plain flour
420 g full cream milk
2 tablespoon wholegrain mustard, I prefer Maille
salt and pepper, to taste

Corned Beef
1.2 kg corned beef
1.5 litres boiling water
5 cloves, whole
3 dried bay leaves
90 g apple cider vinegar
pepper, to taste

potatoes/sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
carrots, peeled and chopped
corn on the cob

Mustard and Parsley Sauce
Place parsley into TM bowl and chop 5 sec / speed 7. Remove from bowl and set aside. No need to wash bowl.
Put butter and flour into TM bowl and chop 4 sec / speed 5.
Cook 5 mins / Varoma / speed 2.
Add milk, mustard, salt and pepper (to taste) to TM bowl and cook for 8 mins / 100C / speed 3.
Pour into a microwave-safe jug and cover with glad wrap making sure the glad wrap is touching the surface of the sauce. This will stop a skin forming as the sauce cools. Set jug aside.

Corned Beef
Spray the Varoma dish with a little oil to stop the corned beef sticking.
Remove the corned beef from the packaging and rinse well under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels and place it into the Varoma dish.
Add the boiling water, cloves, bay leaves, apple cider vinegar and pepper to the TM bowl, secure the lid and place the Varoma on top.
Cook for 2hrs (select 2 x 60min) / Varoma / speed 2.

After 2 hours add your vegetables to the Varoma around the corned beef and in the basket if you are cooking for a crowd.
Check the water level in the TM bowl and refill with boiling water to the 1 litre mark. if required.
Place the basket in the bowl and the Varoma back on top and cook for a further 30 mins / Varoma / speed 2.
Add the corn and broccoli with 15 mins to go.
Check the vegetables, if they are still firm cook for a further 5-10 minutes, taking care not to overcook the broccoli.

Reheat Parsley Sauce and serve with corned beef and vegetables. I like mashed potatoes with corned beef but you could also serve them steamed as is.

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