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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 of brisket is more than enough to make a couple of  different meals.

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 Beef Brisket tostadas, that’s what I’ve done here.

On the second night, I added my favorite store-bought barbecue sauce to the remaining brisket for 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 consommé, 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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Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Whenever it turns out to be a gloomy day, I get this huge craving for a hot bowl of soup. My Chicken Tortilla Soup with all its wonderful toppings fits the bill perfectly.

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Cilantro

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Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes

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Chicken Broth

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Limes

Red Onion

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Prep Time: 40 minutes (this includes the garnish and toppings for the soup)
Cook Time: 48 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 28 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, 6-quart Dutch oven with a lid, mesh sieve, 2-cup measuring cup, measuring spoons

Ingredients For Roasted Chicken:
2 bone-in, skin-on, chicken breasts
4 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper

Ingredients For Tortilla Strips:
1 package of corn tortillas
some non- stick cooking spray
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt

Ingredients For the Soup:
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 quarts of chicken broth, unsalted
2 cups of water (reserve 1/2 cup for cornmeal)
1 red bell pepper, seeded, large dice
1 green bell pepper, seeded, large dice (substitute green bell pepper)
1 onion, large dice
1 Fresno chili, seeded and minced (substitute jalapeno pepper)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of green onions, sliced, (the white and light green parts)
1 (11-ounce) can of Ro*Tel (tomatoes with green chilies)
1 (15-ounce) can of fire-roasted tomatoes with juice
1 (15-ounce) can of black beans, low sodium, drained and rinsed
1 (11-ounce) can of white shoepeg corn, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
3 tablespoons of cornmeal
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 tablespoon of ground cumin
2 tablespoons of dried oregano
1 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
1 bay leaf

Toppings:
1/2 cup of cilantro, roughly chopped
1 cup of green onions tops, thinly sliced
1 lime, cut into wedges
1 (8-ounce) package of shredded Colby Jack cheese
1/4 cup of red onion, finely diced

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
Start by spraying both sides of the corn tortillas with non-stick cooking spray. Stack the tortillas on top of each other slicing them into strips. Divide the strips in half giving you two equal portions. Arrange the tortilla strips into a single layer on each baking sheet pan. Sprinkle with Kosher salt. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Allow the tortilla strips to cool for 15 minutes before placing them into a large resealable bag.

Adjust oven temperature to 350-degreed F.
On a rimmed baking sheet pan place two chicken breasts. Rub the top of each breast with olive oil. Sprinkle each one with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Allow the chicken to cool for 30 minutes before removing the skin and chicken from the bone. Use your hand to shred the chicken. Transfer to a large platter. Set aside.

In the meantime, while the chicken is in the oven, prep all the vegetables, open all the cans, drain the corn and black beans for the soup.

In a preheated Dutch oven, over medium-high heat, add vegetable oil. To the oil, add dried oregano, ground cumin, chili powder, and tomato paste, stir to combine. Stirring frequently, cook for 1 minute to allow the spices and tomato paste to bloom. Next, add the onions, diced peppers, Fresno chili, garlic, bay leaf, Kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper, stir to combine.

Stirring occasionally, cook for 5 to 7 minutes giving everything a chance to marry and soften. Next, add the fire-roasted tomatoes with juice, Ro*Tel, black beans, and corn, and cooked shredded chicken, stir to combine. Add chicken broth and water, again stir to combine. Bring the soup up to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, simmer for 35 to 40 minutes.

During the last 15 minutes of cooking, in a measuring cup, add 3 tablespoons of cornmeal to 1/2 a cup of water, mix well. Pour this mixture into the simmering hot soup, stir to combine.

Turn the heat off, remove the bay leaf.

To serve, ladle the Chicken Tortilla Soup into a porcelain serving bowl. Add all or any combination of the green onions tops, chopped cilantro, finely diced red onion, cheese, and crispy tortilla strips. Serve with a lime wedge.

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Steak Italiano With Roasted Potatoes

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This is a dish that I came up with in my early years of motherhood. I was always playing around in the kitchen with different ingredients and flavors. Using everything I learned from my mother and grandmother, who helped me with having a grasp the importance of technique when your learning to cook. Having learned those basic methods, helped me to come into my own style of cooking.

This #recipe for my Steak Italiano With Roasted Potatoes combines the influences from both sides of my family. This recipe is so easy, flavorful, and really doesn’t take very long to make. Let me tell you how I did it.

Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
Equipment: 1 (12-inch) cast-iron skillet, 1 rimmed baking sheet pan

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons of canola oil (2 tablespoons for the Sofrito0
1 onion cut into chunks
2 large leafy-top carrots, 1-inch chunks
2 whole garlic cloves, peeled
1 (14.5-ounce) can of diced fire-roasted tomatoes
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 tablespoon of fresh oregano leaves, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of Italian flat-leaf parsley
3/4 of a cup of chicken stock, unsalted

IngredientsFor Steaks:
2 tablespoons of Canola oil
3 (5-ounce) Top Sirloin fillets
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder

Ingredients For Potatoes:
1 (2 1/2 pound) bag of small-size multi-colored Yukon potatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of fresh chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.

First, start with the *sofrito for the steaks. In a food processor add diced onion, whole garlic, carrots, a can of diced tomatoes, Italian flat-leaf parsley, fresh oregano leaves, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Pulse the ingredients, for the Sofrito, until it’s the consistency of a Cantina style salsa. Pour the sauce into a bowl and set it aside.

Place the halved potatoes on a rimmed sheet pan. Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of dried oregano, Kosher salt, and black pepper. With your hands toss the potatoes so they’re all coated with the oil and seasonings. Roast the potatoes for 35 to 40 minutes until golden on the outside, and fork-tender on the inside. After they come out of the oven, sprinkle fresh chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley. Now while the potatoes are roasting in the oven start on the steaks.

Preheat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
Tip: Turn the overhead fan on.

Drizzle the steaks on both sides with Canola oil. Season both sides with Kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder. Using a pair of tongs, place the steaks into the skillet. You’ll hear that sound when something hits a very hot skillet, and that’s what you want to hear.

You just want to sear the steaks on both sides to get a nice crust. This process only takes 2 to 3 minutes per side. When you see that deep brown color on both sides, turn the heat off, transfer to a plate. Set aside.

In the same skillet, over medium heat, add Canola oil, 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, and tomato paste. Stir those around allowing those to bloom in the oil for a minute. This technique will bring out the essential oil in the herb and melt the tomato paste intensifying the flavors.

Next, add in unsalted chicken broth, using the back of a wooden spoon scrape, all the bits from the steak off the bottom of the skillet. Add the Sofrito, letting it come to a bubble up then reduce the heat to medium-low. Stirring occasionally cook the sauce, giving all the ingredients a chance to soften and all the flavors marry around 5 to 7 minutes.

Using a pair of tongs, nestle the steaks in the sauce. Let simmer on medium-low heat turning the steaks every few minutes. For medium-rare, this takes around 15 to 20 minutes. If you like your steaks more done then leave them simmering in the sauce for maybe 30 to 35 minutes.

By the time the steaks are done, the potatoes will be just about ready to come out of the oven. This technique of braising of the steaks in the sauce keeps the steaks tender and moist. That’s all there is to it. I think that once you try having steak this way, you’ll definitely want to make this dish again.

To serve, slice the steak and place it onto the serving plate. Spoon some of the sauce over the top of the steak. A helping of those delicious roasted potatoes, and a piece of crusty bread for dipping.

Sofrito: Sofrito is a sauce used as a base in Latin American, Spanish, Italian, and P Portuguese cooking. Preparations may vary, but it typically consists of aromatic ingredients cut into small pieces and sautéed or braised in cooking oil.

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