Tomato and Onion Brisket

Finish this rich beef roast with ginger-pickled onions and fresh horseradish.

Tomato and Onion Brisket
Photo: Andy Lyons
Hands On Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs


  • 1 3.5 pound fresh beef brisket, trimmed of all but 1/4-inch of fat

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon schmaltz (rendered chicken fat)

  • 4 large onions, chopped (4 cups)

  • 1 head garlic, broken into cloves, peeled, and halved

  • 1 celery heart, halved lengthwise

  • 4 fresh bay leaves

  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes (undrained)

  • 1 cup chicken stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • Italian or curly parsley, torn

  • Finely grated fresh horseradish

  • Ginger Pickled Onions

Ginger Pickled Onions

  • 1 cup cider vinegar

  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 1.5 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick

  • 1 large red onion, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rings (2 cups)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Season beef with salt and pepper. Heat oil and schmaltz in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add meat and brown well on both sides. Remove from skillet to a 3-quart baking dish or nonreactive roasting pan; set aside. Add onions and garlic to skillet. Cook and stir until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in celery heart, bay leaves, tomatoes, stock, wine, and tomato paste. Bring to boiling; boil gently, uncovered, for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour mixture around meat in dish. Cover with parchment paper, then tightly with a double thickness of foil. Roast for 3 to 3 1/2 hours more or until meat is tender. Remove meat from baking dish and transfer to a cutting board. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes.

  2. For sauce, skim fat from cooking liquid. Discard bay leaves. Bake, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes more or until it reaches desired consistency. Slice meat across the grain. Serve with tomato mixture and top with parsley and horseradish. Serve with Ginger Pickled Onions.

Ginger Pickled Onions

  1. Combine the vinegar, brown sugar, salt, and ginger in a nonreactive saucepan. Bring to a rapid simmer, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 to 7 minutes or until syrupy. Add onion rings and simmer 1 minute more. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

583 Calories
36g Fat
30g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 583
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 514mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 16.1mg 81%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 751mg 16%
Folate, total 31.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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