Why many of us eat corned beef only around St Patrick's Day is a mystery. It makes one of the best sandwiches ever, when shredded with cubed potatoes makes a wonderful hash, and as a New England-style boiled dinner it is grand. How simple can corned beef and cabbage be?
The pre-assembled corned beef you can buy at the grocery store makes it a very simple, if time-consuming process, you just add the seasoning packet and boil away. If you can make it from scratch, if you really have a lot of time on your hands, but just the shopping list is complicated.
A corned beef is, by the way, a beef brisket that has been cured, soaked in a brine and cooked. The "fresh" one you can buy at the meat counter is the best, the canned one is, well, not so much. Buy and prepare what you can.
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Thin sliced corned beef
3-4 slices Swiss cheese per sandwich
1/4 cup sauerkraut per sandwich
Thousand Island dressing
This is a sandwich that needs to be served warm. Butter the outsides of the bread, load with thin slices of corned beef, the sauerkraut and dressing. Grill on a panini grill until the cheese has melted. If the cheese is not properly melted, the sandwich will not be the same. It is supposed to be messy, just make sure to have plenty of paper towels handy.