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Beef Brisket

BeefBrisket Beef Brisket

Although many cultures cook beef brisket, it is definitely a favorite amongst the Jewish meals, especially during the holidays. I was so happy when Gladys agreed to teach me how to cook beef brisket in the Matzoh & Mah Jongg webisode. I was at Michele’s house over one of the holidays and had the pleasure of tasting Gladys’ brisket and my, my, my what a treat.

Cuisine: Jewish

Course: Dinner

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours & 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours & 30 minutes

Serving Size: 15 people


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 3 large onions (sliced)
  • 6 lbs brisket
  • 4 carrots (sliced thick)
  • 2 celery stalks (sliced)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 potatoes (quartered)
  • salt, pepper, wine, boullion, worcestershire, soy sauce, flour


  • large pot w/ lid (dutch oven)
  • baster
  • measuring spoons
  • knife
  • cutting board


  1. Heat the oil and saute garlic and sliced onions in a large pot over medium-high heat until translucent. Remove from pan
  2. Rub brisket on both sides with salt and pepper and one cut garlic clove
  3. Cover brisket lightly in flour and brown (a rich brown, not dark) in oil
  4. Place cooked garlic and onions on top of and under the brisket as you flip over brisket to complete browning process
  5. Add boullion, wine and worcestershire and/or soy sauce to taste
  6. Add bay leaves and celery
  7. Add water to cover meat
  8. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and cover pot. Let cook for 3 hours – baste every 1/2 hour
  9. Remove meat and let rest for 20 minutes
  10. Slice brisket against the grain (on diagonal) and put back in the pan with it’s juices
  11. Add potatoes and continue to cook for 1/2 hour
  12. Add carrots and cook for another 20 minutes until all vegetables are cooked
  13. Add salt and pepper to taste

Note: During passover use potato starch instead of flour

Tip: Cook brisket the day before you plan to serve it. This allows the brisket to sit in it’s juices and the flavor…yummy in your tummy.

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