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Asian Spiced Stovetop Brisket

by in May 2009

Total Time: 30

Yield: 8 servings

Click here for video: Brisket Cooked Two Ways

Ingredients:

  • 1 5- to 6-pound flat-cut beef brisket
  • kosher or sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
  • 1 cup roughly chopped carrot
  • 1 cup roughly chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped ginger
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 star anise pods
  • 1 ounce (a small handful) cilantro (most stems trimmed)
  • 4 cups chicken stock

Instructions:

Season brisket with salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven over medium-high setting, heat vegetable oil and brown brisket on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove to a plate.

Add onions, carrot, and celery to the pot and sauté about 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and sauté about 5 minutes more. Add wine. Bring to a boil and reduce by half, about 10 minutes. Add soy sauce, brown sugar, star anise, cilantro, and stock, and bring to a boil.

Add brisket and any juices that have accumulated back to the pot. Lower heat to a gentle simmer. Cover and simmer about 3 hours or until very tender, turning brisket over every 45 minutes or so.

Transfer meat to a platter and let rest 20 minutes. Strain pot juices and discard solids. Let juices sit until the fat separates. Skim off the fat; then bring the sauce to a boil and reduce by half.

Slice meat thinly across the grain and place on a serving platter. Spoon sauce over the top and serve remaining sauce in a gravy boat.

You may make this dish a day ahead. Just cover meat and sauce separately and chill. Before serving, arrange meat in a baking dish, cover with foil, and rewarm in a 350 degrees oven about 40 minutes.

Updated Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
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