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Savory Beef Brisket

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I love making beef #brisket for so many reasons. It’s really just one of those styles of meats that you can #tastethelove and do just about anything with. I like to take the cooked brisket and portion it out. Because there’s only two of us, a 3-pound piece is more than enough to make different meals from this one cooked Savory Beef Brisket.

My first and favorite way is to not add anything to the finished brisket. It’s just perfect in its savory beefy broth. Today’s dish is my Savory Beef Brisket tostadas. That’s what I’ve done here.

On the second night, I added some of my homemade barbecue sauce to the remaining brisket and we had Barbecue Beef Brisket sandwiches. 

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 24 hours
Cook Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Equipment: 1 (9 x 11) baking dish, 1 (3-quart) saucepot

Ingredients:
1 (3-pound) flat-top beef brisket
1/4 cup of beef consommé
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/2 a lemon, juiced
4 dashes of liquid smoke
3 cloves of chopped garlic
2 large onions, quartered and broken up
1 (15-ounce) can of fire-roasted tomatoes, drained (substitute canned diced tomatoes)
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Options:
Tostadas, store-bought
Monterey Jack cheese, freshly grated
Favorite store-bought barbecue sauce

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300-degrees F.
Start with a flat-cut brisket. Have the fat-side of the meat facing up and score the fat. I just simply season the meat liberally with salt and pepper on the scored fat side. To the baking dish add 1 of the quartered onion pieces along with whole garlic cloves. Lay the brisket in the dish fat side up. In a large mixing bowl add beef consomme, low sodium soy sauce, liquid smoke, and the juice of 1/2 a lemon, whisk to combine. Pour that mixture over the brisket. To that, add the remaining onion pieces and place around the outside of the brisket. The last ingredient is a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes that have been drained and spread the diced tomatoes over the top. Next, I wrap the whole thing with plastic wrap and set into the refrigerator for 24 hours or overnight.

The next day, remove the plastic wrap off and replace it with foil, bake for around 1 hour and 15 minutes a pound. This size piece of brisket cooks for 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Note: Oven temperatures may vary slightly, check on the brisket after 3 hours to see how it’s doing, because sometimes it may not need the whole 45 minutes.

If after 3 hours you can stick a fork into the brisket and you can tell it’s going to fall apart easily, then go ahead and take it out and let it rest covered on the counter for about 15 minutes.

On the other hand,  check for tenderness to see how much longer you may need to cook the brisket. You may need another 15 minutes and not the whole 45 minutes.

Once finished cooking, remove from oven, let rest covered for another 15 minutes. Take the tomatoes from the top and scrape them off the sides of the meat. Remove the brisket out from the dish carefully, transfer to a cutting board, and cut the fat top off. Using two forks shred the beef.

Transfer cooking liquid (including the vegetables) to a large saucepot on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Once the cooking liquid has reduced by half, turn the heat down to low and simmer for another 10 minutes. Turn off the heat. Carefully pour the reduced cooking liquid (with vegetables) back into the baking dish. Return the shredded beef, toss through the sauce. You can see how the meat just absorbs most of that delicious broth. I like to keep it covered with foil so it stays nice and hot until you’re ready.

In my house, I always have Pico de Gallo on hand. You can get my recipe for Pico de Gallo by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.

To serve, I like to place some of my Savory Beef Brisket on a Tostada, I add a little freshly grated Monterey Jack cheese, then top it with some of my delicious Pico de Gallo. This is definitely my favorite way to eat this scrumptious #savorybeefbrisket.

Pico de Gallo-Two Ways

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French Onion Soup With Mini-Meatballs

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I love a bowl of French onion soup, but this time there’s a little something extra inside. This is my French Onion Soup With Mini-Meatballs.

Why can’t we take a traditional dish and make it our own? That’s just what I did. I added mini meatballs in with those sweet caramelized onions, savory broth, and covered by delicious cheese.

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Ricotta

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: 1 (6-quart) Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, 1 large mixing bowl, 1 (medium-size) cookie-dough scoop

Ingredients For Meatballs:
2 pounds of ground pork (substitute ground beef, chicken, or turkey)
3 tablespoons of fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley (substitute 2 tablespoons of dried)
2 cloves of garlic, freshly grated
3/4 cup of ricotta cheese, whole milk
1/2 cup of heavy cream
5 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup of store-bought fresh basil pesto
1 1/4 cups of Italian bread crumbs
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of dried oregano
2 extra-large eggs

Ingredients For the Soup:
2 tablespoons of olive oil
5 large sweet onions, thinly sliced into half-moons
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped (substitute 1 tablespoon of dried)
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons of dry Sherry
1 bay leaf
1 (10.5-ounce) can of beef consommè
1 quart plus 1 cup of beef broth, unsalted
1 loaf of baguette bread, sliced and toasted (2 per soup)
3 cups Gruyère cheese, freshly grated
6 sprigs of fresh thyme for garnish, optional

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Start by lining two rimmed baking sheet pans with parchment paper. Liberally spray the parchment with non-stick cooking spray.

I happened to have ground pork in my refrigerator so that’s what I’m using today.

In a large mixing bowl start with the flavorings for the meatballs first. Add ricotta cheese, fresh chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley, basil pesto, garlic, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, dried oregano, Italian bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, eggs, and heavy cream, mix to combine. It’s important to mix all the flavorings first before adding the ground meat. This ensures you don’t overmix the meat and end up with tough meatballs. Using your hands, gently combine the meat distributing the flavorings evenly throughout.

Note: Using a cookie-dough scoop will ensure the meatballs will turn out the same size.

Using the medium-size cookie-dough scoop, scoop the mixture into your hands then roll them into mini-meatballs. Arrange the meatballs 1 to 2 inches apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet pans. The mixture yields approximately 36 meatballs.

Lightly spray the tops of the meatballs with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 40 minutes.

In a preheated Dutch oven over medium heat, add olive oil, sliced onions, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, sugar, fresh thyme, and red pepper flakes. Stirring frequently, cook until deep golden brown and caramelized, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in the garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Remove the meatballs from the oven.

Note: If the onions begin to burn on the bottom of the pot, reduce the heat slightly and stir in 1/4 cup of water.

Add the dry Sherry, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Stir in the beef consommé, beef stock, and bay leaf.

Add the mini-meatballs. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until slightly reduced, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf.

Adjust the oven temperature to the broil setting.

Place baguette slices onto a rimmed baking sheet pan. Place into the oven and broil until golden brown on both sides, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Set Aside.

Note: Add the bread and cheese at the time you’re ready to serve, otherwise, bring the soup to room temperature before storing in the refrigerator.

To Serve: Divide the soup into the 6 soup crocks. Place two slices of the toasted baguette to cover the surface of the soup completely. Distribute evenly, top with shredded Gruyère cheese. Set 2 soup crocks onto each baking sheet pan. Leave the oven door slightly ajar, broil for just a few minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown, about 2 minutes.

Optional, garnish with small sprigs of fresh thyme. This is my French Onion Soup With Mini-Meatballs.

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Homestyle Goulash

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I can remember having this dish growing up. I’m not sure if HomeStyle Goulash is what my mom called it but, it was an easy dish for her to pull together after putting in a full day’s work. Being a single parent who worked full-time, making a good home cooked meal was very important to her. I’ve updated her version by making a few significant changes. This is my version of a Hungarian Home-Style Goulash.

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Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: 6-quart Dutch oven, 6-quart stockpot, colander

Ingredients:
2-pounds of (90% lean) ground sirloin
1-pound (16-ounce) box of Barilla Cavatappi
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
1tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Poblano peppers seeded and diced
1-pint Cremini mushrooms, quartered
1 tablespoon Kosher salt, plus 1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, plus 1/2 teaspoon
1/4 cup of beef broth, unsalted
1 (10.5-ounce) can beef consommé
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 (14.5-ounce) can of fire-roasted tomatoes with juice
1 (28-ounce) can of crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Directions:
In a Dutch oven on medium-high heat add olive oil, ground cinnamon, Hungarian paprika, tomato paste, and dried oregano. Let the spices *bloom and release their oils and flavors.

Next, add diced onion, minced garlic, diced poblano peppers, and crimini mushrooms. Sauté and stir for 7 to 10 minutes allowing the vegetable to soften, release their water, and get some nice color. Add Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, stir to combine. Add the beef consommé and beef stock, using a wooden spoon, scrape the bits of the bottom of the pot, that’s flavor!

Let the beef consomme completely reduce until all the liquid has evaporated and the flavors have concentrated, 7 to 10 minutes, then add the ground sirloin breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon.

Once the ground sirloin is broken up add garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt, and 1/2 a teaspoon of black pepper. Continue to stir allowing the meat to release its liquid and start to brown, around 15 minutes.

Moving forward add can of diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, and brown sugar. Turn the heat down to medium and stir to combine. Simmer for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens.

In a large stockpot of boiling salted water add the Cavatappi (a short cork-screw shaped pasta). Cook pasta for 10 to 12 minutes until al dente, drain well.  Add the pasta to the meat sauce, stir to combine. Turn the heat to off.

The last step is to add the cheese. Add the Mozzarella cheese, again, stir to combine. Garnish with chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley and you have a delicious Home-Style Goulash. Serve hot.

*Bloom: To become more apparent, as in flavor or aroma. Good oil is a base from which delectable flavors bloom.

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