After spending 24 hours smelling this wonderful beef brisket cooking in my house we had to have it for dinner tonight. I was originally making it to have on hand for other dishes like pupusas, tamales, tacos, BBQ and many others. I decided today as I was pulling the meat out, at which time I just had to taste it, that this meal could not wait. I think I’ve also been watching too much of Guy Fieri’s show on the Food Network, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Great comfort food ideas on that show. Couldn’t believe the hamburger stack I saw last night where the buns were actually two grilled cheeses. Over the top or as Guy would say “Off the Hook!”
My plan was to have the brisket, mashed potatoes and green beans. Then I remembered I had all the ingredients to make Elana Amsterdam’s Nutty Bread that she posted on Elana’s Pantry. If you read my blog regularly you know I don’t bake often because it requires measuring and too many steps. This bread only had a few steps and not a lot of liquid measuring. This could work. I baked the bread in the afternoon and it only took me 10 minutes to get it into the oven. It tastes great and I loved soaking up my gravy with the bread.
Oh, and you’re probably wondering where the green beans are in the photo. Totally forgot until I was plating the meal for dinner. Oh well, there was parsley and chives in the potatoes.
So don’t think you need to wait until winter to make a meal like this. It’s great anytime.
Beef Brisket Ingredients:
1 large piece of beef brisket
1 cup water
1/4 – 1/2 cup Rosemary Salt -Kalyn’s Kitchen recipe
1/8 cup fresh cracked pepper
2 bay leaves crushed
Put the beef into your crockpot and add the water. Next cover the top with the remaining ingredients. Make sure you put the meat in fat side up so all of that great flavor flows through the meat. I cooked mine on low for 24 hours. It was spectacular.
Au Jus from the crockpot
arrowroot slurry (equal parts arrowroot and cold water mixed)
Strain the liquid from the crockpot into a pan. Bring to a boil and stir in your slurry. Keep stirring until it thickens which should be fast.
Mashed Potatoes Ingredients:
8 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
2-4 TBS Earth Balance Soy Butter or your favorite butter
1/4- 1/2 cup Almond Milk or your favorite milk at room temp
Salt and Pepper to taste
3-4 parsley leaves sniped
small handful of chives sniped
Peel and cut your potatoes into a pot of water with salt. Boil until tender, around 10-15 minutes. Drain potatoes and put back into the pan you cooked them in and place on stove that has been turned off. You want to let the excess moisture evaporate out of the potatoes. I add the butter and milk and grab my masher. I don’t like mixers. Now make sure you only add in a little milk and butter first, mash and see if it needs more. If you add in too much you’ll have paste.
As for the green beans, well I’m sure you’ll come up with something great.
What is your favorite comfort foods to eat? What to you add to your mashed potatoes?