This recipe for brisket makes for a great family meal any time of year.
Brisket of Beef Recipe inspired by Epicurious.
- 1 (6-pound) first-cut beef brisket, trimmed so that a thin layer of fat remains
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons corn oil
- 8 medium onions, peeled and thickly sliced
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- Kosher salt
- 2 to 4 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
- 1 carrot, peeled and trimmed
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Lightly dust the brisket with flour, then sprinkle with pepper to taste.
- Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large ovenproof enameled cast-iron pot or other heavy pot with a lid just large enough to hold the brisket snugly.
- Add the brisket to the pot and brown on both sides until crusty brown areas appear on the surface here and there, 5 to 7 minutes per side.
- Transfer the brisket to a platter, turn up the heat a bit, then add the onions to the pot and stir constantly with a wooden spoon, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Cook until the onions have softened and developed a rich brown color but aren't yet caramelized, 10 to 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and place the brisket and any accumulated juices on top of the onions.
- Spread the tomato paste over the brisket as if you were icing a cake. Sprinkle with salt and more pepper to taste, then add the garlic and carrot to the pot. Cover the pot, transfer to the oven, and cook the brisket for 1 1/2 hours.
- Transfer the brisket to a cutting board and, using a very sharp knife, slice the meat across the grain into approximately 1/8-inch-thick slices. Return the slices to the pot, overlapping them at an angle so that you can see a bit of the top edge of each slice. The end result should resemble the original unsliced brisket leaning slightly backward. Check the seasonings and, if needed, add 2 to 3 teaspoons of water to the pot.
- Cover the pot and return to the oven. Lower the heat to 325°F and cook the brisket until it is fork-tender, or for about 2 hours. Check once or twice during cooking to make sure that the liquid is not bubbling away. If it is, add a few more teaspoons of water. Each time you check for doneness, spoon some of the liquid on top of the roast so that it drips down between the slices.