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Main Ingredient: ETHEL*BRISKET*TZIMMES Cuisine: Jewish



1 (6- to 7-lb) first-cut brisket

1 3/4 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 cups brown chicken stock or reconstituted brown chicken demi-glace

3/4 cup Sherry vinegar

2 lb carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into 2-inch-long pieces

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

2 3/4 cups dried pitted prunes

Nutrition Facts

per serving of Makes 8 to 10 servings.




Step 1Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2Pat brisket dry and rub all over with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Heat oil in a 17- by 11-inch heavy roasting pan (3 inches deep) over moderately high heat, straddled across 2 burners, until hot but not smoking, then brown brisket, starting with fat side down, on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from heat, then add stock and vinegar to pan. Cover pan tightly with heavy-duty foil and braise brisket in oven 2 hours. Add carrots and potatoes to pan and braise, covered, 1 hour. Add prunes and braise, covered, until meat is fork-tender, about 30 minutes more. Cool meat, uncovered, to room temperature, about 1 hour, then chill, covered, at least 12 hours.

Step 3Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 4Transfer brisket to a cutting board and slice across the grain about 1/4 inch thick. Discard as much fat as possible from surface of vegetables and sauce, then return sliced meat to pan and reheat, covered with foil, until heated through, about 40 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, then arrange meat with tzimmes and sauce on a large platter.

Step 5Cooks\' note:

Step 6Brisket can be chilled up to 3 days.

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