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Wine Braised Brisket
As with many braised dishes, brisket is best prepared a day in advance. Once the brisket has cooked to a fork-tender consistency, remove the brisket from the pan and set it aside to cool. If you have a lot of pan juices you can reduce them at this time. Slice the meat once it has cooled and return it to the pan and refrigerate overnight. Perfection with Convection!
1 - 3 to 4lb brisket (brisket with some marbling yields the best texture and flavor)
2 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsp unsalted butter
4 medium red onions, peeled and cut into quarters
6 cloves garlic, smashed
½ tsp mixed Italian seasoning
½ tsp Kinders Woodfired Roasted Garlic seasoning (it has a nice balance of flavors)
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 stalks celery, strings removed and cut into large chunks
3 cups beef stock or Better than Bouillon
2 cups hearty red wine
Heat the oven in the Convection mode 325°F and position an oven rack in the center of the oven or if cooking two dishes at one time, arrange the racks to accommodate both pans.
Heat a large Dutch oven over moderate heat on your most powerful burner, add in the oil and butter and when the butter is sizzling, carefully lay in the brisket and let it brown on one side. Carefully turn it and brown it on all sides.
Remove the brisket from the pan and add all the vegetables. Place the brisket on the vegetables and add the liquid to the pan. Cover and place in the oven for 2 ½ - 3 hours or until tender when pierced with a fork. If it’s just shy of perfect it can still be removed and cooked for a little longer when reheating the next day.
Remember when removing the pan from the oven to always leave a dish towel or oven mitt on the lid or handle of the pan so you don’t accidentally pick up a hot pan.
Remove the meat from the pan and set it aside to cool until cool enough for you to slice. If the pan juices need reducing they can be reduced at this time. Place the sliced brisket and juices into a casserole with a lid or the cooking pan and refrigerate overnight. Let the brisket sit outside of the refrigerator for an hour before reheating the next day.
When ready to serve, remove any large pieces of congealed fat and place the covered pan in the oven in the Convection mode 350 for 30 minutes or until piping hot. While the brisket is reheating you can also cook a side dish such as oven polenta or roast some vegetables at the same time.
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Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake
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1 - cup whole raw almonds lightly toasted and cooled
¾ - cup twice-sifted cake flour
1 ½ - teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
4 - large eggs
1 - cup sugar
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of one small orange or Meyer lemon
⅔ - cup extra virgin olive oil
Toast the almonds in the Convection Mode 325 degrees until golden brown inside, set aside to cool completely.
Leave the oven set at 325 or change to 350 degrees if using standard Bake Mode.
Butter the bottom and sides of a 9” round cake pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
Place the almonds in a food processor with one third of the cake flour and process until almost as fine as sand.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the remaining cake flour, baking powder and salt then whisk in the ground almond mixture.
In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs on high speed until well-blended. Add the sugar gradually then add the vanilla and orange zest. Continue whipping on high speed until the mixture triples in volume, about 3 minutes.
On low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the olive oil and beating just until the batter is blended.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until firm to the touch in the center. Cook in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack.
Recipe from “Wine Country Table ” author Janet Fletcher