Wine-Braised Brisket with Tart Cherries
Wine-Braised Brisket with Tart Cherries
  • prep: 45 min
  • cook: 4 hr
  • total: 4 hr 45 min
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  • Summary

    Beef brisket is the centerpiece of many Jewish holiday meals, particularly at Passover, and every family has their favorite way of preparing it. There are countless recipes out there, but how many do you need besides your grandmother's? At least one more: This one! Why? Because the meat is slowly braised in Pinot Noir, and the cherry notes in the wine pair brilliantly with dried tart cherries, which plump up with winey beef juices to become little mini-pouches of flavor on their own. Add to that a bit of star anise, which perfumes the brisket and your home with an exotic and enticing hint of licorice. Season the mixture with the sweet-and-sour agrodolce dance of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, and you have a brisket that is at once counterintuitively familiar and wonderfully different. Like all braised meats, brisket improves in flavor, and slices more easily, if made a day ahead and chilled (see Cooks' Notes). Editor's Note: This recipe is part of Gourmet's Modern Menu for Passover. Menu also includes Quinoa and Asparagus Salad with Mimosa Vinaigrette and Amaretto Olive Oil Cake.

    Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup matzoh cake meal (see Cooks' notes)
    • Kosher or fine salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 (6- to 6 1/2-pound) first- or second-cut beef brisket
    • 3 to 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 16 medium shallots (about 1 pound); peeled, leaving root ends intact
    • 3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 2 cups Pinot Noir
    • 2 cups chicken stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • 1 1/2 cups (8 ounces) dried tart cherries
    • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
    • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 2 whole star anise (see Cooks' notes)
    • 2 pounds young, slim carrots in bunches (not pre-cut variety), peeled
    • A nonreactive large, heavy-bottomed roasting pan

    Instructions

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 8
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 1206 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 54 g 82.61%
    • Saturated Fat: 21 g 104.89%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 120 mg 40.05%
    • Sodium: 2533 mg 105.55%
    • Calcium: 752 mg 75.18%
    • Potassium: 780 mg 22.29%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 8 mg 44.13%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 120 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 10 g 38.22%
    • Sugar: 57 g
    • Protein: 56 g
    • Alcohol: 6 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 590.43%
    • Vitamin C 98.49%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat8
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs3
    • Exchange - Starch4
    • Exchange - Vegetables3
    • Exchange - Lean Meat6
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total4 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total1 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy2 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total6 oz-eq

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