Spiced Brisket with Leeks and Dried Apricots from Bon Appétit

By by Bon Appétit
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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


Procedure
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.

Spiced Brisket with Leeks and Dried Apricots from Bon Appétit

By by 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


Procedure
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.