In honor of Passover I am offering the delectable version of brisket. To all of those of the Jewish faith Happy beginning of Passover. Of course this dish can be prepared anytime of year. This version takes some time so plan ahead, it’s worth it.
- Brisket (about 6 pounds)
- Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 6 carrots sliced into 3 chunks each
- 4 large quartered onions
- 6 ribs celery with the greens in 2-inch chunks
- 5 cloves smashed and peeled garlic
- ½ cup red wine vinegar
- 2 cups red wine
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 4 tablespoons grated horseradish
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 4 cups beef broth
- 2 bay leaves
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 bunch parsley
- Mushrooms (optional)
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
Season the brisket with salt and pepper, don’t skimp on seasonings. Add a few tablespoons of the olive oil to a braising pan. Warm the pan over medium heat, then sear the brisket on all sides, this takes some time. When the brisket is mostly browned on all sides, remove it from the pan and set aside. Searing the brisket is really optional, but it is traditional.
There should be enough fat rendered in the pan, but if not add a few more tablespoons of oil. Add 3 of the carrots, the onions, celery, and garlic and sauté for a few minutes, stirring and sprinkling with more salt and pepper.
Stir together the wine vinegar, wine, honey, grated horseradish, and mustard in a bowl, then pour the liquid into the pan and deglaze, gently scraping up any stuck bits with a spoon (preferably wooden). Simmer for about3 minutes, until the sauce is slightly reduced.
Return the brisket to the pot and add enough beef broth to just cover the brisket. Add the bay leaves, thyme, and parsley and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot and put in the oven for about 4 hours. At the end of the fourth hour, add the remaining carrots, and return to the oven for one more hour.
Remove from the oven and let sit until the brisket reaches room temperature. Cut the brisket against the grain into slices about an quarter of an inch thick.
When ready to serve, remove the fat that has accumulated on top of the brisket. Heat the liquid in the pan and reduce by half, then strain out the vegetables if you want. Return the cut brisket to the pan, heat, ladle the carrots on top, pour the sauce over, and serve.