This stew recipe is the epitome of comfort food. It's warm and cozy with fork-tender meat, and a sauce full of vegetables that have taken on its delicious flavor.
*Please note that the majority of the prep time is inactive.
There will be a relatively thick layer of fat on one side of the brisket. Leave it! Rub the entire brisket where there isn't fat, with the Worcestershire sauce, coating it evenly, and then 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 the 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.
*You can do all of the above 1 day ahead of the below, if desired. If you do, after the meat cools to room temperature, cover it tightly and place it in the refrigerator overnight.
Turn the oven up to 300°F.
Place the pan with the brisket juices on the stove over medium-high heat. If the juices are excessive, remove enough so that the bottom of the pan is just lightly coated. And save what you've removed for later! Add the onions and once they're beginning to brown, add the potatoes and carrots. Cook the vegetables until they are all nicely browned, about 7 minutes.
Mix the thyme into the vegetables, and move them 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, wine and the set aside pan juices, 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.