Traditional Passover Brisket|
Tender and full of flavor, this is one of the best brisket recipes we have ever tried. If you would prefer not to use red wine in the recipe, 5 cups of beef stock can be used. If you have never made a brisket before, don't let the long preparation and cooking time scare you, most of it is unattended cooking time.
4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
5 cups (from about 3 pounds) coarsely chopped onions
4 minced garlic cloves
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons crumbled dried thyme
2 teaspoons paprika
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups red wine
6 pound beef brisket, first cut
3 cups beef stock or low sodium broth
1 cup orange juice
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent and soft. Add the garlic, bay leaves, thyme, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste to the onion mixture. Cook for a few minutes more, and then deglaze the pan with the red wine. Cook for 5 minutes over high heat, and then let simmer while browning the brisket. Place a large heavy Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the remaining oil and heat until very hot, but not smoking. Salt and pepper the brisket liberally. Add the brisket to the Dutch oven and brown quickly on each side, being careful when turning the brisket to avoid splattering oil. Add the onion mixture, the beef stock, and the orange juice. Place the lid on the Dutch oven but do not tightly seal, leaving it slightly ajar. Place the brisket in the oven and bake for 4 hours, or until tender. Remove the brisket from the oven and cool at room temperature for an hour in the Dutch oven. Remove the brisket from the Dutch oven and wrap tightly in foil. Refrigerate the brisket and onion mixture overnight. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees about an hour before serving. Slice the brisket against the grain and place in a baking dish to reheat. Skim the fat from the onion mixture and place in a food processor or blender. Process until a thick, smooth gravy is formed. Spoon the gravy over the brisket and cover loosely. Bake for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
Makes 12 Servings.
Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 hours
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Chilling Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 17 hours, 40 minutes