Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New England Boiled Dinner

This hits the spot even in summer, on a cool day in New England. It's hard to believe we might get a respite given the heat spell throughout the country this week. So when the heat subsides this might be a welcome change to salads and seafood. The rich beefy broth and tender meat enriched with carrots and potatoes are a robust meal all year round.

1 Lb. brisket
2 shallots sliced thin
2 yellow onions cut into rings
4 cloves garlic sliced thin
4 ribs of celery cut in thirds
1 bay leaf
4 sprigs fresh thyme

2 cups good quality beef broth

6 carrots sliced in half then cut in half lengthwise
6 small red potatoes quartered

1 cup broccoli florets

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a 3 quart pot, season the brisket with salt and pepper add the shallots, onions, garlic and celery, the bay leaf and thyme. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil.

 When the brisket comes to a boil add the carrot and potatoes. Cover the pot and place it into the preheated oven. Cook for 1-1 1/2 hours until the meat is tender. Add the broccoli, stir and serve. Serves 3-4.

Recipe, writing and photos by Karen Pickus 2011
Courtesy Karen Pickus 2011

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