What good Jew doesn’t enjoy a good brisket for the new year! On my now famous Monday off, I hit up Penzy’s Spices and McKinnon’s Meat Market to make sure I have no excuse not to cook in the upcoming weeks! Lara introduced me to Penzy’s when we first approached the pickle adventure, and it has been an ongoing addiction ever since! If you are into cooking, and you have the ability to get to Arlington, you have got to get there! You won’t be sorry, promise! OK, off of my high horse and back to the brisket…
One of my mom’s great friends, Charlotte, has a kosher catering business in Pinellas County Florida. Charlotte is famous for her brisket, it is quite nearly perfect. Charlotte’s secret ingredient (she may kill me if she reads this!).. coke. Well coke, Pepsi, cola…whatever you prefer. The fabulous thing about cola is that the chemicals in it can break down nearly anything. Rust off of your car, calcium build up off of a wall…but who knew it is also a meat tenderizer! Well now you do!
Armed with the secret ingredient, a mish-mash of recipes in my head, and a desire to try a brisket with chopped veggies, I set off to the kitchen to prepare my new year’s meal! I will warn you that not much of a gravy forms from this recipe, it is absorbed into the veggies. But we ate the veggies on top of the brisket, and it was the perfect balance of flavors! Enjoy!
3 lb Brisket
1 lb Fingerling potatoes, chopped finely
1 lb Carrots, chopped
1 Large Vidalia onion, sliced
8 oz Cola (I used a mini can of Pepsi)
15 oz Diced tomatoes
1 Envelope of onion soup mix
8 oz Tomato sauce
8 oz Beef broth
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Place your brisket (fat side up) in a large roasting pan, place potatoes and carrots around the brisket
- Cover the dish with the sliced onions
4. In a separate bowl, mix together the remainder of the ingredients
5. Pour the liquid over the dish
6. Cover with foil and bake for 2 hours
7. Uncover pan and continue to bake for 30 – 60 minutes, or until the top of the brisket has browned
8. Remove pan from oven, place the veggies in a serving dish
9. Place the brisket on a cutting board and allow to sit for 15 minutes before slicing
10. Slice, plate and enjoy!
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