Paley's Place Double-Chile Brisket
Chef Vitaly Paley of Portland, Oregon is known for his eclectic style and interesting twists on comforting favorites. The two-chile combination with this brisket heats up a winter night. Prep and Cook Time: 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
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3 Hours, 30 Minutes
- Calories: 458
- Calories from fat: 10%
- Protein: 54g
- Fat: 24g
- Saturated fat: 7.2g
- Carbohydrate: 5.2g
- Fiber: 1.4g
- Sodium: 647mg
- Cholesterol: 156mg
- 7 to 8 dried mild New Mexico chiles, stemmed and seeded
- 5 dried pasilla negro chiles, stemmed, seeded, and broken into pieces
- 1 star anise
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 beef brisket (5 to 6 lbs.), trimmed of fat and membrane
- 1/2 cup sherry vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 can (14 oz.) whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 cup beef or chicken broth
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, pour 3 cups boiling water over New Mexico chiles and let soak until softened, about 30 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup liquid.
- 2. Meanwhile, grind pasilla negro chiles, star anise, fennel seed, salt, and peppercorns in a spice mill or clean coffee grinder.
- 3. Rub brisket with spice blend; set aside.
- 4. Whirl soaked chiles, vinegar, and chile liquid in a blender until puréed. Set aside.
- 5. Heat a large roasting pan (not nonstick) over medium-high heat (set it over 2 burners if necessary). Add olive oil, swirl oil in pan, and add brisket. Cook brisket until well browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn and brown on remaining sides, adjusting heat to keep brisket sizzling but not burning. Remove and set aside.
- 6. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Chop tomatoes and add with juice. Add chile purée and broth. Bring to a boil. Add brisket, cover, and bake in oven until fork-tender, 2 to 3 hours.
- 7. Place brisket on a serving platter, cover with foil, and set in a warm place. Whirl pan juices in a blender until smooth. Slice brisket thinly and serve hot, with blended pan juices on the side.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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