Prime Boiled Beef / Tafelspitz

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Ingredients for 4 people

* water
* 2 large carrots, cut into thin sticks
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 4 celery stalks, cut into thin strips
* 3 pound beef brisket
* 2 leeks, white part only
* 2 gherkins
* 1 onion - cut into rings
* parsley

Heat 2 qt. water with salt. Add beef; bring to a boil. Skim foam from surface until clear. Partially cover pot; simmer 1-1/2 hours.

Cut leeks in 2 inch pieces, then cut in half lengthwise. Add leeks, onion, carrots and celery to beef. Cook until beef and vegetables are tender.

Cut beef into 1/2 inch slices.
Cut gherkins lengthwise in thin slices, leaving 1 end uncut. Spread out slices like a fan - garnish beef with gherkins.

Serve vegetables in a separate dish with 4 tablespoons cooking liquid spooned over the top. Garnish with parsley. Serve with Swedish mayonnaise.


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