Beef brisket with dried fruits

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
4 pounds Beef brisket, rolled and
\N \N Tied
2 larges Onions, chopped fine
1 cup Beef broth
¼ cup Apricot jam
3 tablespoons Firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons Fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Brandy
2½ \N To 2 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon,
\N \N Or to taste
1 teaspoon Ground ginger
1 cup Dried apricots
1 cup Pitted prunes
12 ounces Bottle of beer

In a large heavy flameproof casserole heat the oil over moderately high heat until it is hot but not smoking, in it brown the brisket, patted dry and seasoned with salt and pepper, and transfer it to a plate. Add the onions to the casserole and cook them over moderate heat, stirring, until they are golden. Add the broth, jam, brown sugar, lemon juice, brandy, cinnamon, ginger, and salt and pepper to taste and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring. Add the brisket with any juices that have accumulated on the plate and simmer the mixture, covered, for 2 hours. Add the apricots, prunes, and beer and simmer the mixture, covered, for 1½ hours more, or until the brisket is tender. Transfer the brisket with slotted spoons to a cutting board and let it stand, covered loosely, for 10 minutes. Discard the strings, slice the meat across the grain, and arrange it on a heated platter. Spoon some of the sauce over the meat and serve remaining sauce separately.

Yield: 8 servings


(Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine)

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