Italian Beef Brisket

 A truly delicious, old school, Italian favorite! Tender brisket, braised for hours in a savory, fragrant, sauce of red wine, veggies, garlic, tomatoes and herbs. Chicken livers are the secret ingredient…trust me, you will love them in here, it adds a richness like nothing else can and your house will smell like a Trattoria while this masterpiece simmers!

Ingredients:
Serves 4 – 6

• 1 –  3-4 lb beef brisket, trimmed of most of the fat
• 2 Tbs of olive oil
• 2 tsp of kosher salt
• 1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
• 1 onion, chopped
• 2 carrots, chopped
• 2 celery stalks, chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, chopped
• 2 chicken livers, chopped
• 3 cups of dry red wine
• 2 cups of chicken stock
• 1 cup of whole or plum tomatoes, crushed lightly by hand
• 2 sprigs each of rosemary, thyme and oregano, tied in a bundle (or 1 tsp each of dried)
• 1 heaping tsp of sugar
• chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325°

In a large dutch oven, over high heat, add the olive oil, season the brisket with salt and pepper and sear on both sides, 6 minutes per side. Remove the brisket from the dutch oven and set aside.In the same dutch oven, over medium heat, add the onion, carrots and celery. Saute for about 5 minutes until the veggies begin to soften. Add the garlic and the chopped chicken livers. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes.Now, add in the chicken stock, wine, tomatoes, the herb bundle and the sugar. Cover and bake for 3 – 1/2 hours.
Transfer the brisket to a cutting board, cut into slices about 1 inch thick. (cut across the grain) Puree the sauce with an immersion blender right in the dutch oven or pour into a blender, after it cools down a little. Give it a taste and add salt if needed. Place the sliced brisket on a serving platter, pour over the incredible sauce and sprinkle with parsley. Serve the remaining sauce at the table. Delicious served with mashed potatoes or polenta.

Note to cooks:
I know chicken liver sounds weird, but the flavor it adds to the sauce is out of this world! The sauce is pureed so no one will know it’s there!

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