Martini Brisket

A splash of vodka and vermouth plus green olives gives this pepper-crusted beef recipe its martini flavors. For a different twist, omit the alcohol.

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 3 hrs
  • Stand: 10 mins
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Martini Brisket
Ingredients
1
3 pound beef brisket
1
tablespoon mixed peppercorns, coarsely crushed
1
tablespoon cooking oil
2
medium onions, sliced
1
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1
cup lower-sodium beef broth
1
tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1
tablespoon fines herbes, crushed
1/2
cup whipping cream
2
tablespoons dry vermouth (optional)
1
tablespoon vodka (optional
1/2
cup pimiento-stuffed green olives
Directions
  1. Trim fat from beef. Sprinkle beef with salt and peppercorns. In large heavy skillet brown brisket on both sides in hot oil. Remove beef. Add onions to skillet. Cook and stir until tender. Add brisket to skillet; add tomatoes, broth, Worcestershire, and fines herbes. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Spoon some of onion mixture over brisket. Simmer, covered, for 3 hours, or until brisket is tender.
  2. To serve, remove brisket from skillet; let stand 10 minutes. Meanwhile, skim fat from sauce in skillet. Stir in cream, vermouth, and vodka. Bring just to boiling. Remove from heat. Slice brisket; top with olives. Serve with sauce. Makes 8 servings.
Nutrition Facts (Martini Brisket)
    Per serving:
  • 364 kcal cal.,
  • 17 g fat
  • (7 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 7 g monounsatured fat),
  • 123 mg chol.,
  • 607 mg sodium,
  • 10 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 5 g sugar,
  • 37 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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