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Slow-Roasted Aromatic Beef Brisket


My grandmother Vanda often cooked brisket which if it is cooked very, very slowly – I’m talking about 4–5 hours – becomes super-tender and really delicious. Leftover brisket is great to mince and use as meatballs or stuffed into veg with rice – it’s very useful and very Cypriot.

Credit - Alex Hollywood. Recipe taken from Cooking Tonight by Alex Hollywood (Hodder & Stoughton) £25)

Serves 6-8

Slow-Roasted Aromatic Beef Brisket

Ingredients

  • 1x2kg piece of beef brisket, boned and rolled (don't trim off any fat)
  • 1tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1tsp ready-chopped ginger
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 3 large onions, cut into thick rings
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 3tbsp tomato puree
  • a good glug of red wine
  • 1 tbsp clear honey (optional)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas mark 6.
  • Mix together the spices on a plate. Rub the beef with a little of the oil and then roll in the spice mix.
  • Place the onion rings in the bottom of a roasting tray, drizzle with the remaining oil then sit the beef on top.
  • Roast in the preheated over for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the beef from the oven and reduce the heat to 140C/Gas mark 1. Add 100ml of stock then cover the beef and tray with foil.
  • Return the beef from the oven and reduce the heat to 140C/Gas mark 1. Add 100ml of stock then cover the beef and tray with the foil.
  • Return to the low oven and slow-roast for 4-5 hours.
  • Check halfway through and if the onions have started to burn, add a quarter of the remaining stock.
  • Once cooked and the meat is tender remove from the oven. Remove the meat from the tray and leave to rest covered with foil.
  • Push the onions to one side of the tray. Add the tomato puree to the tray and stir well, then pour in a good glug of red wine.
  • Simmer before pouring in the remaining stock and sweetening it with honey if needed. Simmer for 2 minutes and then strain the sauce.
  • Serve slices of the beef with a little of the sauce and your favourite potatoes.