My kids love silverside, and although I enjoy making it, I find the clean up a bit tedious – big pot for the meat to be boiled in, small pot for the white sauce, a pot and a steamer for the veggies – what a mess.  It then dawned on me that I could do the whole meal in my trusty thermomix, with no mess or effort.  And it resulted in beautiful moist meat, and perfectly cooked veggies.

Corned Beef

Ingredients

1 kg of corned beef (you can use more, although you will need to cut it in half and extend cooking time)

1 carrot unpeeled, chopped into quarters

1 onion, quartered

2 cloves garlic, unpeeled

5 cloves

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon black peppercorns

50 g apple cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar)

50 g brown sugar

1500g water

Vegetables to serve – eg, broccoli, sweet potato, carrot etc

White Sauce Ingredients

250 g milk

35 g flour

25 g butter

1 teaspoon mustard powder

2 tablespoons reserved cooking broth

Method

Place carrot, onion, garlic, cloves, bay leaves. peppercorns and brown sugar into thermomix bowl and chop for 5 seconds on speed 6

Add vinegar and water and place on lid.  Place the corned beef into steamer dish and set on top of jug and cook for 30 minutes at Varoma temp on speed 2

While this is cooking, prepare any vegetables you wish to serve with the meat.  I used carrot, sweet potato, potato and broccoli

Add the veggies (except broccoli or leafy greens) around the meat, then cook for another 20 minutes at Varoma temp on speed 2

Add broccoli or leafy greens if using 4 minutes before end time.

Once the cooking process has finished, remove varoma dish with meat and vegetables and set aside to rest

Tip out cooking broth, reserving about 2 tablespoons.  Give the thermomix jug a quick rinse

Place milk, flour, mustard, butter and reserved cooking broth into bowl.  Cook for 7 minutes at 90°C on speed 4

Slice corned beef and serve with steamed veggies and white sauce – delicious!!!

Serves 6

Approximate calories per serve: 280

(This calorie total is for corned beef and white sauce only – it doesn’t include steamed veggies)