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Beef Brisket with Dried Plums

Beef Brisket with Dried PlumsServes 8


  • 4 1/4 lbs flat cut (called first cut beef brisket trimmed of most fat)
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 14 1/2 oz diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup dry red wine (merlot)
  • 2 lbs onions – sliced
  • 4 carrots – peeled and thinly sliced
  • 16 garlic cloves – peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups Stapleton’s Pitted Prunes
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup Stapleton’s Prune Juice – 1 additional tbsp for sauce
  • 3 tbsps balsamic vinegar – 1 additional tsp for sauce
  • 2 tbsps italian parsley (chopped fresh)
  1. Position rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 325°F.
  2. Pat brisket dry; sprinkle all over with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in heavy extra-large skillet over high heat. Add brisket and cook until deep brown, about 7 minutes per side.
  4. Transfer brisket, fat side up, to large roasting pan. Add tomatoes with juice and wine to skillet.
  5. Remove from heat, scrape up any browned bits, and pour mixture over brisket. Distribute onions, carrots, and garlic around brisket. Add prunes and thyme; drizzle with 1/2 cup prune juice and 3 tablespoons vinegar. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place pan over 2 burners and bring to boil. Cover pan with heavy-duty foil; place in oven.
  6. Braise brisket until tender, about 3 hours 15 minutes. Uncover and cool 1 hour at room temperature.
  7. Remove brisket from roasting pan, scraping off juices. Place on work surface; cut across grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices.
  8. Spoon off fat from top of pan juices. Place 1 cup vegetables (remove prunes) and 1 cup braising liquid from pan into processor and puree. Return puree to pan. Add remaining 1 tablespoon prune juice and 1 teaspoon vinegar to pan. Heat sauce; season with salt and pepper.
  9. Overlap brisket slices in 13x9x2- inch glass baking dish. Pour sauce over brisket, separating slices to allow some sauce to flow between.
  10. Rewarm brisket, covered, in 350°F oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle brisket with parsley; serve.
  11. Insert the pin into the thickest part; if it meets no resistance, the brisket is done.

Do ahead of time: Can be made 2 days ahead of time. Cook through step 6, then simply cover with foil and chill. To reheat, bring just to simmer over 2 burners before continuing.


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