Saturday, March 28, 2009

Roast Brisket with Melting Beans

This recipe from Jamie Magazine looked so tempting we couldn't resist trying it. A slow roast piece of beef glazed with a sweet glaze served over a bed of soft beans?  Bring it on. It would make a great weekend dinner as it cooks for 3 hours & 20 minutes but doesn't require a ton of hands-on time. Put it in the oven & just enjoy the amazing smells while it cooks & you do other things around the house.
Brisket with beans
I was worried that the brisket would be dry because we couldn't find a piece with a layer of fat still on it but wrapping it in foil halfway through cooking did the trick. (I thought of adding a layer of bacon to replace the fat but Matt thought the bacon flavor would overpower the brisket.) When Matt sliced us each off a taste of the finished meat we were thrilled with how juicy & tender it was. This method of cooking the meat reminds me a lot of how my dad makes his Memphis Ribs. Our only complaint was that the honey & brown sugar mixture didn't create as much of a glaze as we would have liked. Next time we'll save a little of it to brush on the meat before the last 20 minutes of unwrapped cooking also, we wouldn't thin it with any water like the recipe says to do, I've added these changes to the recipe below.
(Always slice your brisket against the grain or else it will be stringy & tough)

The beans are also cooked for a long time & flavored with chicken broth, onion, garlic & oregano. We used Rancho Gordo Yellow Eye Beans and they had a wonderful flavor, you can use any white bean of your choice. I liked eating a forkful of beans with each bit of meat. The recipe also called for a ton of slow cooked garlic to be served with the meat & beans, we skipped it & didn't miss it at all.

Roasted Brisket with Melting Beans
Adapted from Jamie Magazine


1 1/4 - 1/2 lb brisket, with fat layer attached is possible
3 T yellow mustard
1/2 T Worcestershire sauce
2 T smoked paprika (not hot)
1 T chili powder
1/2 T garlic powder
1/2 t cayenne pepper
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c honey
1/4 c brown sugar
1 T unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 300 F.

Mix the mustard, worcestershire, paprika, chili powder, garlic, cayenne and a few grinds of black pepper together. Add about 1/4 c water to make it into a paste. Rub the paste all over the brisket. Place the meat in a roasting pan with a rack. Roast for 1 1/2 hours.

Mix the honey, brown sugar & melted butter together. (Microwaving the honey for about 10 seconds before using makes it easier to use.) If the mixture seems too thick to brush on the meat add a little water. Place the meat on a double layer of tin foil big enough to wrap it. Brush all sides of the meat with the honey & brown sugar mixture, save a little of the mixture for a glaze later on. Wrap securely in the foil, place in the pan & return to the oven to roast for another 1 1/2 hours.

Unwrap the meat & brush with remaining honey & brown sugar mixture. Return to the oven & let roast for another 20 minutes.

Slice the meat thinly against the grain to serve.

Melting Beans

1 c dry white beans, soaked overnight
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 small onion, finely diced
2 c water
2 c chicken broth, plus more if needed
1/2 T dried oregano
1 1/2 T olive oil

Put all ingredients into a large saucepan & bring to a boil. Reduce the heat & allow to simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until the beans are really tender. Remove half of the beans & mash them until smooth. Return the mashed beans to the pot & mix together.

Serves 4

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Dewi said...

Wow Kat, this really look appetizing, my husband really like brisket, so does his father. He is coming to visit in a few weeks, so I'll keep this in mine. They both are going to like it.

Maris said...

I love brisket! It used to be my favorite meal that my mom made whenever I would come home from college. She always served it wtih egg noodles but the beans look like a nice change!

Alicia Foodycat said...

I don't think I've ever had roast brisket - only corned or braised. it looks good! And those beans look wonderful.

Lori said...

Kat this looks super delicious. I don't think I have ever done a beef brisket. You make it very tempting.

grace said...

"melting beans." wow, that sounds like music to my ears. :)

Giff said...

as you know, this is my cup o' tea :D

Sam said...

I really like brisket, it's one of my favourite cuts of beef. The beans sound amazing!

Peter M said...

Kat, you did a wonderful job of sprucing up the brisket. It's not the kindest cut but when treated right...absolutely delish.

Sara said...

This sounds delicious! I have some white beans in the cupboard and this sounds like a great way to use them.

Deborah said...

I've never cooked a brisket, but I've been contemplating it lately. This looks delicious!

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