Monday, July 23, 2012

Homemade corn beef & olio

CORN BEEF AND CILIPADI AGLIO OLIO PASTA - just add corn beef & cilipadi.

Spaghetti Aglio Olio by Martin in Italian Recipes, Pasta dishes
This is the simplest and quickest of all pasta recipes. The main ingredients in spaghetti aglio olio is garlic, chilli and oil. Olive oil is infused with the garlic and chilli which is then stirred into the hot pasta. Serves 4.


• 13 oz of dried spaghetti

• 1/2 cup of olive oil

• 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

• 1-2 large red chillies, seeded and finely chopped

• 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, finely chopped

• salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil and add the spaghetti. Stir well and boil rapidly for 8 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente.

Meanwhile, combine the oil, garlic, and chilli in a small saucepan. Cook over a low heat for 7-8 minutes to allow the oil to absorb all the flavors. The garlic should become golden brown but don’t allow it to burn.

Drain the cooked pasta and return it to the large saucepan over a very low heat. Make sure it’s not a high heat because you don’t want to dry out the pasta. Pour the oil mixture over the pasta and add the parsley. Mix thoroughly so all the pasta is well coated with the oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

Home made corn beef

It's easy to make your own corned beef at home. Just plan ahead. The beef brisket will take about 3 weeks to cure. You can also use bottom round roast in place of brisket, if you wish.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


• 4 quarts water

• 1 cup salt

• 1 teaspoon saltpeter (see note 1 below)

• 2 beef briskets, about 4 pounds each (see note 2 below)

• 12 garlic cloves

• 3 tablespoons pickling spices

• 8 bay leaves


Boil water. Add salt and saltpeter, stir to dissolve and set aside to cool. Place brisket in a large crock, zipper-style plastic bag or other non-metallic container. Pour salt water over meat and add garlic, pickling spices and bay leaves. Meat should be submerged; use a weighted jar to hold meat under pickling solution. Refrigerate or set in a cool place for 3 weeks. Drain and remove bay leaves before cooking.

Note 1: Saltpeter is known commercially as potassium nitrate and is used to give the meat a pink coloring.

Note 2: Bottom round roasts may be substituted for the brisket for a leaner corned beef.

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