It’s finally starting to cool off around here! I’m pretty sure yesterday was the first time I didn’t have to use my air conditioning since last May, and keep in mind, I set the thermostat to 80 degrees F (meanwhile my brother is texting me from Manhattan telling me that it’s snowing). I celebrated the milder 70 degree weather by making something that required the oven to stay on for two hours! Braised brisket is one of my favorite fall/winter dishes, it’s just so tender and flavorful. Tough pieces of meat like brisket may take a lot of time and care, but they also reward you with some of the best flavor out there. You will notice this recipe is very simple, but don’t underestimate the deliciousness. You’ll eat this right up. Here’s how to make it:
2 lb first cut brisket
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups yellow onion, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
5 oz package radishes, chopped
2 cups beef stock
1 cup red wine
1 bay leaf
5 sprigs fresh thyme
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Heat up an ovenproof skillet over medium high heat, and add the olive oil. Season the brisket all over with salt and pepper, then sear the meat in the pan, until brown on all sides.
Take the brisket out, and add the onion, carrots, celery, and radishes to the pan. Turn the heat down to medium and saute for 5 minutes to brown slightly.
Deglaze the pan by adding the beef stock and red wine, and scrape up all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the bay leaf and thyme, and add the brisket back to the pot. Bring the liquid to a boil, cover with a lid, then pop it into the oven for an hour.
After an hour, check on the tenderness of the brisket. It will likely need another hour. Flip it over and let it continue to cook.
To serve, remove the brisket from the pot and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. If you wish to turn your braising liquid into a sauce, put the pot back onto the stove and reduce it down to the desired consistency over high heat. Use a fine strainer to strain out all the vegetable chunks, and serve with the brisket. Enjoy!