Salted Beef Brisket – Pot Roast Recipe – Outstanding Flavour
Salted Beef Brisket – Cook Slowly over 2hrs for Perfect Results
What is the Best Way to make Salted Beef Brisket
To prepare the onions, add the vinegar, sugar, thyme, bay leaf and garlic to a pan and bring to the boil. Add the onions, immediately remove from the heat and allow the liquid and onions to cool and pickle Once cool, remove the onions from the liquid, cut in half and scorch the cut-side of the onions in a hot pan. Separate into layers and set aside
Choose a well-marbled piece of beef brisket if you can, as it will be far more succulent than a very lean cut. You can also make the potato latkes separately and just serve them topped with soured cream and apple sauce.
What kind of Brine do you use for Salt Beef Brisket
Brisket usually comes boned and rolled and should be cured in a wet brine. For salt beef, leave the brisket tied into a roll; if brining for pastrami, untie the piece and trim it to a neat, flat slab. First, make your brine. Add the salt, sugar, Prague powder (if using), bay leaves, garlic and pickling spice to 2 litres of water.
1.6kg/ well-marbled beef brisket rolled and tied up
10g Sunflower Oil
4 White Onions – Thinly Sliced
3 Sprigs Thyme
1 Large Bay Leaf
10g Tomato Puree
500ml Hot Beef Stock
200ml Red Wine – Lower Priced is fine
4 Large Carrots cut into 3cm chunks
6 Celery Sticks – Trimmed and Cut into 4cm Lengths
Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper
For the potato latkes
2 Eggs Separated into Yolk & White
1 Large Onion Grated
1.2kg Maris Piper Potatoes Grated
1 tsp Flaked Sea Salt
25g Plain Flour
10g Finely Chopped Parsley
10g Sunflower Oil for Frying
1g Freshly Ground Pepper
- Preheat the oven to 160C/140C Fan/Gas 3.
- To make the brisket, season the beef all over with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large flameproof casserole and brown the beef over a high heat for 8–10 minutes, turning every couple of minutes. Remove the beef from the casserole and set aside.
- Add the sliced onions to the casserole and fry for 5 minutes or until nicely browned. Stir in the thyme and bay leaf and cook. Return the beef to the casserole. Stir the tomato purée into the hot beef stock and pour around the beef. Add the wine and bring to a gentle simmer on the hob. Cover with a lid cook in the oven for 3 hours, turning after about 1½ hours.
- Heat another tablespoon of oil in a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Fry the quartered onions for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the carrots and celery and cook for a further 5 minutes, until the onions are softened and all the vegetables are lightly browned.
- Remove the beef from the oven and nestle the vegetables around it. Cover and return to the oven for a further 1–2 hours.
- To make the potato latkes, whisk the egg and egg yolk together in a small bowl. Place the onion and potato in a large colander, mix well and squeeze out as much liquid as possible over a sink. Place the squeezed vegetables in a clean bowl and add the beaten eggs, flour, salt and parsley or chives (if using) to the onion and potatoes. Season with lots of pepper and mix well.
- Pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into a large non-stick frying pan and place over a low-medium heat. Take a handful of the potato mixture and form into a loose ball. Place in the pan and flatten with a spatula until around 1.5cm/½in thick. Repeat with 3 more balls of the potato until you have 4 latkes cooking at the same time.
- Cook the latkes for 6–8 minutes on each side until golden-brown and cooked through. Don’t be tempted to increase the heat or the latkes will burn on the outside before they are ready in the middle. Put on a baking tray and set aside while you cook the remaining latkes. Add an extra 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil to the pan between batches.
- Turn the oven up to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6. When you are almost ready to serve the latkes, reheat on the baking tray in the oven for 10–15 minutes, or until hot and crisp. Salted Beef Brisket
- Lift the beef out of the casserole with a couple of forks and place on a board or serving platter. Cut off the string and carve into slices. Serve with the poached vegetables, latkes and the rich cooking liquor for gravy.