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Spiced Brisket with Leeks and Dried Apricots from Bon Appétit

Ingredients:

8 SERVINGS

  • 2½ Tbsp. honey
  • 2     Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2      tsp. coarse kosher salt
  • 1        tsp. ground coriander
  • 1       tsp. ground cumin
  • 1       tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1       tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼    Tbsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1       (4½- to 5 ½ lb.) flat-cut (first-cut) brisket, well-trimmed
  • 2       medium leeks (white and pale green parts only), sliced
  • 1        medium onion, chopped
  • 24    whole dried apricots, divided
  • 10     garlic cloves, peeled
  • 6       sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2        bay leaves
  • 2        cups dry red wine
  • 1        Tbsp. matzo cake meal
  •            Chopped fresh cilantro


Procedures:

Stir first 8 ingredients in small bowl. Arrange brisket in large roasting pan; spread spice mixture evenly over both sides. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat broiler. Uncover brisket. Broil until brown, about 5 minutes per side. Turn brisket fat side up in pan.

Set oven temperature to 325°F. Sprinkle leeks, onion, 12 apricots, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves around brisket. Pour wine over. Cover pan with heavy-duty foil and bake brisket until tender, about 2½ hours. Uncover; cool 1½ hours.

Transfer brisket to work surface. Pour juices into large measuring cup. Spoon off fat, reserving 1 tablespoon. Thinly slice brisket across grain on slight diagonal; overlap slices in 15- x 10- x 2-inch glass baking dish. Spoon 1 cup degreased pan juices over brisket. Stir reserved 1 tablespoon fat and matzo cake meal in medium saucepan over medium heat 3 minutes. Add remaining degreased pan juices and remaining 12 apricots. Simmer until sauce thickens and boils, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover brisket and sauce separately and chill. Rewarm covered brisket in 350°F oven 30 minutes or 45 minutes if chilled. Rewarm sauce over low heat.

Sprinkle brisket with cilantro and serve with sauce.

by Bon Appétit

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