Classic Hanukkah Brisket

Adapted from: Real Simple

Image credit: Andrew Zimmern


1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 lean beef brisket roast (about 3 pounds)

1 large onion, cut into 1-inch wedges, leaving root and end intact

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 large sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme

6 tablespoons tomato paste

3 medium carrots (about 8 ounces), scrubbed and cut into 2-inch pieces

1 fennel bulb (about 8 ounces), trimmed and cut into ½-inch wedges

2 medium yukon gold potatoes (about 8 ounces), cut into 2-inch pieces

Kosher salt and black pepper

Chopped parsley, for serving


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large heavy pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Season both sides of brisket with 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. When the oil shimmers, add the brisket fat side down and cook until dark golden, 3 to 4 minutes.Turn the brisket and cook the other side until browned, 3 minutes more.

Remove the meat from pot and add onions, garlic, and thyme. Cook until the onions begin to soften and the ingredients become fragrant about 4 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and 4 cups water and bring to a simmer.

Return the brisket to the pot, fat side up; cover and transfer to the oven. Cook until almost tender, about 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Add the vegetables, submerging them slightly in the cooking liquid. Continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, 30 to 45 minutes more. Transfer the meat to a cutting board, and remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon.

Skim as much of the fat from the cooking liquid as possible; season with additional salt and pepper. Slice the brisket against the grain. Serve, topped with parsley, with vegetables and cooking liquid on the side.