Beef Brisket with Onion-Lemon Marmalade and Sweet Potatoes
Port, onions, and lemons flavor beef brisket as it slowly bakes to succulence, then you reduce the cooking juices to make a shiny marmalade to spoon over the meat.
Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings
- 1 beef brisket (5 to 6 lbs.)
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 2 medium lemons, thinly sliced and seeded
- 1 cup port or apple juice
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 8 to 10 medium sweet potatoes (about 5 lbs. total)
- 1. Preheat oven to 300°.
- 2. Trim and discard excess fat from brisket. In a 12- by 18-in. roasting pan, place onion slices and 3/4 of lemon slices; wrap remaining lemon airtight and chill. Lay brisket on top of onion and lemon in pan.
- 3. In a bowl, stir together port, sugar, and marjoram until sugar dissolves, then pour evenly over brisket. Sprinkle brisket with pepper and tightly cover pan with foil.
- 4. Bake until brisket is very tender when pierced, about 4 hours. Meanwhile, about 1 1/2 hours before brisket is scheduled to be done, pierce each sweet potato with a fork and set on oven rack alongside or above brisket.
- 5. When brisket is tender, uncover pan and return it to the oven to brown the meat slightly, about 15 minutes. Remove brisket from pan and place on a platter; keep warm. When potatoes are soft when pressed, remove them from oven, add to brisket platter, and keep warm.
- 6. Skim off and discard fat from pan juices. Place roasting pan on the stove over high heat; boil juices, uncovered, stirring often. As mixture thickens, reduce heat to medium and stir constantly until marmalade is thick and shiny and reduced to 1 1/2 cups, 20 to 30 minutes.
- 7. Spoon marmalade over brisket, then garnish with reserved lemon slices. Cut brisket across the grain to serve.
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