Makes 8 servings

"This was our favorite Hanukkah entrée prepared by the sisterhood at Temple Israel in Blytheville, Arkansas, and it was always served with potato latkes." --Marcie Cohen Ferris, Matzoh Ball Gumbo.


Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 13 minutes; Bake: 3 1/2 hours; Stand: 10 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first 3 ingredients; sprinkle mixture over both sides of brisket.

Step 2

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large heavy roasting pan set over 2 burners. Add brisket, fat side down, and cook about 5 minutes or until browned on underside. Turn brisket; add celery and 1 cup onion around sides of pan. Cook, stirring vegetables occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until brisket is browned and vegetables are golden.

Step 3

Mix chili sauce, next 4 ingredients, and remaining chopped onion in a bowl; pour over brisket, combining with pan juices and vegetables. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake 1 hour. Add wine, cover, and bake 2 1/2 to 3 more hours or until brisket is very tender when pierced with a fork.

Step 4

Transfer to cutting board; let stand 10 minutes. Slice thinly against grain, and arrange on a warm platter. Skim fat from pan juices; serve juices as gravy.

Step 5

*For testing purposes, we used Cavender's All-purpose Greek Seasoning.

Step 6

**For testing purposes, we used Heinz Chili Sauce.

Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South

Ratings & Reviews

jb1234's Review

December 21, 2014

RBradbury's Review

September 02, 2010
I got Matzo Ball Gumbo as a birthday gift and made this brisket last night. I have not made something that tasted this good in a long time. I forgot to buy chili sauce and pureed a can of rotel tomatoes -- it was spicy! I highly recommend the brisket and the book.

lmanzi's Review

January 04, 2010
This is my families new favorite brisket recipe! Amazing!!

gizele's Review

December 23, 2008
I made 2 large pieces of brisket for Chanukah & served 12 adults & 5 kids. There were NO leftovers. It REALLY tasted like the Jew food I remember from my Gramma. It was fantastic & easy to make. I searched for the greek seasoning mentioned in the recipe & managed to find it. Thank you for this recipe