Tuesday, October 26, 2010

TF's Brisket

I serve this over pappardelle or lightly buttered egg broad noodles or polenta or mashed potatoes or parsnips, with roasted balsamic red onions, a simple salad of mixed greens with a light vinaigrette and a robust cabernet sauvignon or a spicy zinfandel.

1 (4 pound) beef brisket, first-cut
extra virgin olive oil
1 T kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
coarsely ground black pepper
3 large carrots, cut into chunks
1 onion, halved
2 celery stalks, cut into chunks
1 head garlic, cut in 1/2
1 (28-ounce) can whole San Marzano tomatoes, hand-crushed
3/4 bottle dry red wine
1 bay leaves
1/4 bunch fresh thyme, leaves only
4 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves only
1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley
Preparing the brisket:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Drizzle brisket liberally with olive oil then season the meat on both sides with salt and pepper.

Place a large Dutch oven or heavy-based pot over medium-high heat and add a 3-count of olive oil. Place the brisket in the pot and sear on both sides to form a nice brown crust. Remove from pot and set aside before adding carrots, onion and celery. Brown vegetables, then add the garlic, tomatoes, red wine, bay leaf, thyme, rosemary, and parsley. Add the brisket back to the pot, cover and roast in the oven for 3 hours until the brisket is fork tender.

Remove the brisket to a cutting board and let it rest for 15 minutes. Strain out the vegetables and pour off some of the excess fat, then pour over the brisket.

Slice brisket across the grain and serve over parsnip puree with roasted red onions and garnish with parsley.

Serves 6


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