Braised Brisket or Deckel with Onions

Here’s a simple preparation for roasts that do well with moist, slow heat, such as Brisket, Deckel, Minute Roast or Chuck Roast.  Brisket is best if made at least 1 day ahead (and up to 3 days) and chilled (covered once cool). Skim off fat before reheating.

Braised Beef Brisket
By Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger
Gourmet Magazine, 2009

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 2-pound beef brisket or other roast
  • 2 large white onions, chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 celery ribs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (28-ounces) can crushed tomatoes

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in lower third.
  2. Heat oil in a wide 5-to 6-quart heavy pot over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Season brisket with 1 tsp each of salt and pepper, then brown brisket, turning once, about 8 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add onions to pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden-brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Add carrots, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Add vinegar, stirring and scraping up brown bits. Add stock and tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Return brisket to pot, nestling it in braising liquid (liquid will not cover meat). Cover with a tight-fitting lid and braise in oven until fork-tender, 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
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