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Classic Beef 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 olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups roughly chopped carrot
  • 1 cup roughly chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • 8 large fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups pearl onions (frozen are fine)

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Season brisket with salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven over medium-high setting, heat olive oil and brown brisket on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove to a plate.

Add onion, carrot and celery to the pot and sauté about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté about 5 minutes more. Add onions, wine, thyme, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and stock and bring to a boil.

Add brisket, and any juices that have accumulated, back to the pot. Nestle into the vegetables and liquid. Cover and cook in oven about 3 hours, or until very tender, turning the 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; add pearl onions, 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 also 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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