This is my favorite type of cooking. I’m talking about cooking that is slow and that completely transforms food into something even more flavorful and delicious. This is comfort food kind of cooking. You need to love flavor and cooking for this — and you need to have a considerable amount of available time. This is what I love do — it’s cooking on the weekends!
Brisket is a tough cut of meat that needs hours to become tender. Once it does, brisket is incredibly delicious and it will melt-in-your-mouth.
My mom has been making brisket for as long as I can remember, and she always wings it. And she wings it perfectly! After years of interrogating her about her method (well, her method of winging it), I have come up with this scrumptious recipe.
While this Braised Brisket Stew is a brilliant addition to a Hanukkah or another holiday dinner, it’s also perfect for a super cozy, casual dinner party. Serve it over rice, pasta, mashed potatoes, or — my favorite way — with a thick, crusty, slice of roasted garlic bread.
- 1 (2-1/2-pound) brisket
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- Olive oil for the pan
- 1 cup peeled Pearl onions
- 1 cup Peewee potatoes, washed, dried and cut in half
- 2 large carrots, peeled, and cut into ¼-inch slices
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 1 cup beef stock
- ½ cup red wine
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F, and coat a large oven safe skillet (cast iron is perfect) -- or use a Dutch oven with olive oil.
- Rub the brisket with the Worcestershire sauce, coating it evenly, and season both sides generously with salt and pepper.
- Place the brisket, fat side up in the oil coated pan, and cover it with a fitted lid or heavy-duty foil. Place the brisket in the preheated oven for 6 hours.
- Remove the brisket from the oven, and place it on a large plate. (Leave any juices in the pan.) Let the brisket cool slightly, and then use the back of a knife or a spoon to gently scrape off the fat and discard it.
- Place the meat on a cutting board and cut it into thin (about ½-inch) slices -- against the grain! Set aside.
- Turn the oven up to 300 degrees F.
- Place the pan with the brisket juices on the stove over medium-high heat and add the onions. Once they're beginning to brown, add the potatoes and carrots. Cook the vegetables until they are all nicely browned, about 7 minutes.
- Move the vegetables to the sides of the pan and use a large, flat-bottomed spatula to return the sliced brisket to the center of the pan.
- Pour the stock and wine over the meat and vegetables and cover the pan. Place in the preheated oven and cook until the meat is extremely tender and the vegetables are soft, about 1 hour.
- Season generously with salt and pepper to taste.