1 small beef brisket
2 1/2 dates, pitted(such as Medjool)
1 cup chicken broth
1 5/8 large garlic cloves, Peeled
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
12 7/8 ozs sweet onions
8 large shallots
7 1/4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup tomato puree
1/2 cup orange juice
Brown the brisket in a large frying pan coated with 2
tablespoons of the olive oil for 5 to 10 minutes per side.
Place the brisket fat side up into a deep roasting pan.
Slice the onions thinly and sauté them in the same
frying pan with 2 more tablespoons of olive oil until
golden brown. Cover the brisket with the sautéed onions.
Sauté the shallots in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive
oil then set aside until later. Deglaze the frying pan with
the chicken stock, then pour the stock over the brisket.
Mix the dates, garlic, cloves, orange juice and tomato
puree in a blender or food processor until liquefied. Pour
this mixture over the brisket, cover tightly with aluminum
foil and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 2 1/2
hours. Uncover, add the shallots, re-cover and bake an
additional 1 1/2 hours or until done, removing the cover
for the last 20 to 30 minutes. Remove the brisket from
the pan, reserving the juices, onions and shallots in the pan.
For a little added flavor, you can place just the brisket on
a grill, with wood smoking chips, for 10 to 15 minutes if
desired. Let the brisket stand for 15 to 30 minutes so
that its juices can re-distribute. Slice thinly. Use the
reserved braising liquid along with the shallots and
onions for a serving sauce. Great with Kasha and veggies!
Serves 3 to 4
Can be reheated in microwave