It’s time to get ready for Easter and planning a menu can be challenging if everyone is tired of ham. Whole Foods suggest that you might want to try a One Star Dish.
· Invest Your Time in a One Star Dish. Choose a main dish, appetizer or even a cocktail to be the star of your party and keep the rest simple. For example:
o Passover, perhaps more than any other holiday, sticks to the script when it comes to the menu. Here’s a simple yet classic recipe for Roasted Brisket with Parsley, Mint and Thyme. Cap it off with some Chocolate Swirl Meringue Cookies, which are a perfect fit when it comes to baking without flour or leavening.
- 1 (4 pound) beef brisket, trimmed
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 3/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint
- 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 cup roughly chopped yellow onion
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Season brisket all over with salt and pepper and arrange on a rack in a roasting pan; roast for 1 hour. Meanwhile, put parsley, mint, thyme, vinegar, pepper flakes, garlic, onion, salt and pepper into a food processor and pulse to make a thick paste; set aside.
After 1 hour, remove brisket from the oven; reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Carefully add broth to the pan, spread herb paste over brisket, cover the pan with foil and continue roasting, basting every 45 minutes or so until very tender, 2 to 3 hours more.
Transfer brisket to a platter; set aside to let rest for 10 minutes. Skim off and discard any fat from liquid in the pan. Trim brisket further, if desired, then thinly slice against the grain and spoon pan sauce over the top.
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