Modern Day Brisket

After roasting, this brisket is pressed overnight in the fridge and finished with a pan sauce for decadent flavor and texture.

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Bake: 3 hrs to 4 hrs 325°F
  • Chill: overnight

Modern Day Brisket

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Mix together the salt, paprika, mustard seed, and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the brisket. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the brisket and cook until brown on both sides, turning once-5 to 7 minutes per side.
  2. Transfer the brisket to a 4-quart deep baking dish or 4-quart Dutch oven. Then add the rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Add the chopped vegetables and pour in the veal stock, wine, and vinegar. Cover the dish with heavy-duty aluminum foil and bake until the brisket is fork tender-3 to 4 hours. Transfer the brisket temporarily to a plate while you strain the liquid through a mesh strainer into a large saucepan (discard the herbs, vegetables, and garlic) and wash and dry the baking dish.
  3. Return the brisket to the clean baking dish. Place another heavy dish on top of it, directly on the meat, to weight it down. The ideal weight for this is 2 1/2 pounds, so add some canned goods to the top dish. Then wrap the entire assemblage in foil (over weights and all) and refrigerate overnight and until shortly before ready to serve.
  4. Meanwhile, bring the strained braising liquid to boiling over medium-high heat; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until it is reduced to about 2 1/2 cups- 20 to 45 minutes. The finished sauce should have a glaze-like consistency. Taste the sauce and add salt or pepper if you wish. Refrigerate the sauce until ready to reheat the brisket.
  5. Shortly before ready to serve, remove the brisket from refrigerator and transfer to a cutting board. Also remove the sauce. Cut the brisket into 2- to 3-inch cubes: You don't want to waste any of the meat, so the cubes don't need to be exactly this size or perfect along the edges. Place the brisket in a single layer in a 4-quart Dutch oven. Pour in enough sauce to just cover the meat (you may add a little stock or water if there isn't enough sauce to do this). Heat over low heat until warmed through-about 10 minutes. Spoon the brisket onto a serving platter; pour the sauce over and serve. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
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Nutrition Facts (Modern Day Brisket)

  • Per serving:
  • 431 kcal ,
  • 13 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat ,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 7 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 147 mg chol. ,
  • 1659 mg sodium ,
  • 7 g carb. ,
  • 0 g fiber ,
  • 4 g sugar ,
  • 52 g pro.
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