Brisket of Beef

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 3h 45m

10 Servings

Brisket, a cut of meat popular with Eastern European Jews, has great flavor but needs to be tenderized by slow cooking in liquid in a covered pot.


  • 4 large onions, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • One 5-pound brisket, trimmed
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Ground pepper


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Spread the onions in a roasting pan that will hold the meat snugly.

On a work surface, mince the garlic with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt to make a paste. Transfer the paste to a small bowl and stir in the oil and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Rub this paste all over the brisket. Set the brisket, fat side up, on the onions. Pour the tomato juice and water around the meat and add the bay leaves.

Cover the pan tightly with foil, transfer to the oven and braise the meat for 3 to 4 hours, or until very tender. Uncover the pan and bake for 30 minutes longer, or until the top is lightly browned and the cooking liquid has thickened slightly.

Transfer the meat to a carving board and discard the bay leaves. Strain the cooking liquid, reserving the onions. Skim the fat from the surface of the cooking liquid and discard. In a food processor, puree the cooking liquid with half of the onions. Transfer the sauce to a medium saucepan, season with kosher salt and pepper and keep warm over low heat.

In a saucepan, reheat the remaining onions with some of the sauce and season with kosher salt and pepper. Carve the meat across the grain into thin slices and transfer to a large serving dish. Pour the hot sauce over the meat and serve at once, passing the onions separately.

MAKE AHEAD: The brisket can be prepared through Step 3 and refrigerated in the sauce for up to 2 days. Defat and reheat gently before proceeding.

Wine Recommendation :

This dish needs an equally beefy red wine. Among top kosher choices, consider the 1996 Barons Edmond and Benjamin de Rothschild Bordeaux from France or the1995 Baron Herzog Cabernet Sauvignon from California.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

RecID 3543

nutrition information per serving

389 calories; 18g total fat; 141mg cholesterol; 184mg sodium; 7g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 48g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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