A Braised Brisket Recipe for the Holidays via Balducci’s

11 Sep

Brisket, picture from Balducci's

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market in Scarsdale, Greenwich, and Westport have plenty of produce, meats, prepared foods, and products to make any food lover go crazy, but they’ve also got some great options for those taking part in the upcoming Jewish holidays. If you’d like to take things easy, they’ll prepare meals for you off of their catering menu including Apple Glazed Roast Chicken Dinner, Citrus Glazed Salmon, Maple Glazed Acorn Squash, Lilly’s Coconut Macaroons. But, if you like a more hands on approach, here’s a Braised Brisket of Beef recipe that they were kind enough to share with us:

Braised Brisket of Beef

Serves: 6-8
Cook Time: 2 1/2 hours
1 4-5 Pound Beef Brisket First Cut
1/2 – Cup Flour
Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Vegetable Oil
2 -3 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
2-3 Tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
1 8 Ounce Can Tomato Sauce
2-3 Tablespoons Tomato Ketchup
1 Cup Boiling Water
2 Bay Leaves
3/4 Teaspoon Crushed Dried Thyme
4-5 Medium Carrots
10-12 Red Bliss Potatoes
2 Large or 3 Medium Spanish Onions
1. Combine flour, salt and pepper. Wipe brisket with a damp paper towel then dredge the meat in the seasoned flour.
2. Heat the oil in a large roasting pan with a cover (a thin blue enamel roaster is fine).
3. Brown the meat, starting fat side down, on both sides to seal in the juices.
4. Spread the minced garlic over the top. Pour the vinegar over the meat, letting it drip onto the pan, then add all the remaining ingredients except the onions.
5. Bring to a slow boil, basting the meat until the ingredients are blended.
6. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degree F. Cover the pan and place in the oven to braise for 1 hour.
7. Meanwhile, wash the carrots and the potatoes. Cut the carrots into 1-inch pieces. Leave the smaller potatoes whole and cut the larger potatoes in half or in thirds. Place the potatoes in a bowl and cover with cold water until ready to add to the brisket.
8. After 1-hour in the oven, remove the brisket and add the carrots and potatoes. Cover and return to the oven for another hour. Continue to baste occasionally, adding a small amount of boiling water as needed.
9. Peel and slice the onions into 1/2-inch slices. Set aside.
10. After the second hour in the oven, remove the brisket and lay the onions in a single layer over the top of the meat. Extra onions may be placed around the meat. Baste with the gravy.
11. Cover the pan and return to the oven for about 30-45 minutes or until the onions are tender. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.
12. Let meat stand 1/2-hour, then slice across the grain.

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