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Braised Beef Brisket

Serve this braised beef brisket with plenty of potato pancakes and noodle kugel

A hearty beef brisket is a Passover classic. This version is cooked in a rich sauce, packing tons of flavor in every tender bite.

This recipe is courtesy of Andrew Zimmern.


  • 3 Cups chopped San Marzano tomatoes
  • 5 —7 pound beef brisket, trimmed, nose off
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 Ounces pancetta (omit if you are observant)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 Cup green olives, green Lugques work best
  • 1 Cup sweet red vermouth
  • 1 Cup dessert wine, such as a muscat beaumes de venise, late harvest Riesling or sauternes
  • 3 dried hot chiles
  • 3 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar


Simmer the tomatoes down to a volume of 2 cups and reserve.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Brown the brisket in the olive oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Reserve.

Drain the fat, add the pancetta and cook until lightly browned. Add the vegetables, olives and seasonings. Cook until softened.

Add the tomatoes and liquids to the vegetables.

When sauce is simmering, place the brisket and the sauce in a large roasting pan. Cover and place In oven.

Braise for 4 hours until meat is tender and liquids have reduced. You may want to take the meat out and reduce the sauce a bit on its own to tighten it up once the meat is cooked. I like to cool the meat in the sauce overnight to increase the tenderness factor.

Season with the salt, pepper and the vinegar.

Slice and serve.