posted by Kim
Having a spare hour on any day means it's a good day! It sure doesn't happen often, but when it does I love to pull out one of my favorite cookbooks and pick out the next family dinner. Carlinne and I have a few favorite cookbooks and browsing through them gives us both ideas for dinners that we have featured on CW2C. Both cookbooks by Jenny Rosenstratch from Dinner: A Love Story are favorites of ours. Not only are her books easy to follow, but she also has many tasty recipes you will be sure to make again. Another cookbook on the top of our list is The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelaman. Not only are Deb's recipes to-die-for, her photos will make you think the food is right in front of you! My love for photography makes this cookbook especially appealing.
Deb's recipe for this "holiday brisket" (as she calls it) is quite simple. Mix together 1 cup of beef stock, 3-4 tablespoons of tomato paste, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar, 4 teaspoons of paprika, 2-3 teaspoons of worcestershire, a pinch of red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1 teaspoon of onion powder. Pour the sauce directly on top of your 4-5 pound piece of beef brisket that is seasoned with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Bake in a Dutch oven for 3 hours at 350 degrees.
When the meat is almost done, peel a bunch of carrots and a handful of small potatoes toss together with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, a few grinds of black pepper and 1 tablespoon of dried dill. Spread evenly on a cookie sheet and roast for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. After 20 minutes flip the vegetables and roast for another 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
Remove the brisket from the Dutch oven and transfer to a large cutting board. Cut the brisket into slices and return to the boiling sauce and keep warm until ready to serve. I served the brisket over noodles and topped it with the sauce. The roasted vegetables were perfect as a side to this delicious brisket.
If you are inspired by this meal, there are many more recipes that will please your family for any occasion in Deb's cookbook. It is worth the purchase; your family will be sure to thank you!