30 Days of Fall! Day 14-New England Boiled Dinner

A New England Boiled Dinner has deep roots in the New England Culture. It is a time consuming, hearty tradition providing sustenance for a family at the end of harvest. A New England Boiled Dinner is never cooked for just one. Rarely two. The meal almost requires friends, neighbors and family be called with an invitation to dwell around the dining room table for as long as is needed. Filled with solid, earthy vegetables a boiled dinner satisfies the belly as much as it satisfies the soul.

Traditionally, this meal is cooked in one large pot layered with meat, cabbage, turnip, and other veggies…each added in the order it takes to cook. The more dense vegetables go in first, the least dense vegetables go last. Beets are added and onions are included.

If you’re in my family or you want to cheat a little and don’t mind having some extra pots and pans to wash, you cook each veggie separate and add them together just before¬†serving.

Yankee Magazine has a great article for further reading on a New England Boiled Dinner.

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8 Whole Large Beets: Never peel fresh beets before cooking them. Wash, rinse and boil until fork tender.
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2 Whole Small Cabbages, cut in wedges and boiled.
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40 Small Fresh Carrots, scrubbed, tops cut off and cut in half.
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6 Large Cooking Onions, peeled and boiled.
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20 Small Potatoes, peeled and boiled whole until fork tender.
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1 Large Corned Beef cooked in crockpot all day according to package directions. You can also use a ham or roast beef.
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One should always have a glass of fresh cider when cooking anything in the fall.
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Brown Bread is a staple of a Boiled Dinner. It’s steamed bread. But really…it’s good.
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Brown Bread comes out of the can like this….
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You slice it into even slices and just warm in the oven.
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After the bread is warmed serve it on a plate.
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When all of the vegetables and meat are finished cooking serve them all on one platter.
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Set the table with these impossibly cute individual salt and pepper shakers.
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and purty seasonal napkins…
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The Boiled Dinner is served in the middle of the table.

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