Brisket Supper with Mushroom-Sage Polenta

TOTAL TIME: 4 hr 45 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 10 min
Cook: 4 hr 25 min
 
YIELD: Serves 4 plus 1 1/2 pounds reserved meat for a second meal
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 (5 to 5 1/2 pounds) lean beef brisket
  • Sea or kosher salt and coarse black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 medium onions, halved and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 fresh bay leaves
  • A couple pinches ground cloves or allspice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cup chicken or beef stock
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
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    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Season the meat liberally with salt and pepper. Add a couple of tablespoons olive oil to a large Dutch oven, a couple of turns of the pan, and heat over medium-high heat. Add the meat and brown all over, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the meat from the pan and drain off meat fat if any accumulates. Add another turn or 2 of the pan with extra-virgin olive oil. Add onions, garlic, bay and season with salt and pepper, cook to tender 8 to 10 minutes, add in a few pinches cloves and stir in the tomato paste 1 minute. Next stir in the wine and deglaze the pan, then add the stock and canned diced tomatoes and stir to combine. Settle the meat back into the pot and cover. Bake 1 1/2 hours, then uncover and bake 1 hour to reduce the liquids, then place the cover back on and cook until very tender, 1 1/2 hours more.

    Remove the brisket to the carving board and cover with foil to keep warm.

    Reduce the sauce a few minutes, simmering gently, uncovered to thicken a bit.

    Heat 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat and add garlic and mushrooms, cooking until very tender, season with salt and pepper and stir in sage. Bring the stock-milk mixture to a boil in a saucepot and add the polenta. Whisk the polenta 2 to 3 minutes until it pulls away from the side of the pot. Add the butter, if using and fold in mushrooms.

    Slice the brisket and serve with sauce over polenta with mushrooms. Cool half of the brisket and store for later in the week. Scatter a few bitter greens over the top for an optional garnish.

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    • on December 29, 2013

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      I thought this recipe was excellent and I followed it exactly except that I left out the cloves/allspice. I love Rachel's recipes EXCEPT that she always seems to want to add nutmeg, cloves or allspice to everything savory. These are flavors I love in sweet things but are yuck! to me in savory dishes. So I left it out and it was delicious. As far the user that had issues, I simply cooked the polenta like I would have regular grits or rice (ratio of grain to liquid) and it worked out fine. Sorry your sauce and brisket burned, but every oven is different and I always check to see if I need more stock or liquid along the way (my oven cooks hot). For the TV show indicating a different measurement for stock...well...it is television and you never know what might get accidently edited out by the powers that be. That's why they post them on the web site. :-)

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    • on November 22, 2011

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      I didn't prepare the polenta so my review will focus on the brisket. This brisket was really tasty! I omitted the diced tomatoes and also added a bunch of shredded fresh kale and nutmeg to cook up in the wonderful broth maybe 30-45 min before the meat was done. Perfect with crusty bread on the side.

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    • on November 20, 2011

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      This is one of my new favorite meals. I have made it three times and each time came out wonderful. I even made it for a family get together and everyone wanted the recipe too. I had no problem with the recipe. I followed it as it showed and it worked great.

      As for it not saying the amount of polenta on the recipe....I just used a full box of polenta and it worked perfect.
      And the recipe does say (2 cups chicken stock plus 1 cup whole milk or 3 cups chicken stock so it is accurate. I prefer to use the one cup milk and 2 cups stock.
      Cooking it long and slow as directed made the meat so tender and moist. BEST Brisket dish I know of.

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