Caramelized-Onion and Wine-Braised Brisket – Beef

***BRISKET*** 4 cups canned low-salt chicken broth

1 bottle dry white wine — (750-ml)

1/2 cup brandy

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 pounds meaty beef neck bones

3 1/2 pounds onions — thinly sliced

4 large celery stalks — sliced

1 1/2 teaspoons whole allspice

6 garlic cloves — chopped

2 teaspoons dried thyme

4 1/2 pounds flat-cut brisket — up to 5

3/4 cup chopped canned tomatoes

1 tablespoon tomato paste

***VEGETABLES*** 2 1/2 pounds mixed baby vegetables — see *

8 red boiling onions

***ASSEMBLY*** 1/4 cup margarine

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon dried thyme

10 ounces cherry tomatoes

4 ounces asparagus tips — or sugar snap peas

* mixed baby vegetables (such as zucchini, crookneck and pattypan squashes, tur nips, carrots and new potatoes)

Boil first 3 ingredients in pot until reduced to 4 cups, about 25 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325?F. Heat oil in large Dutch oven over high heat. Add bones; saute until well browned, turning occasionally, about 12 minutes. Transfer bo nes to bowl. Add onions, celery and allspice to Dutch oven. Season with salt; cook until onions are golden, stirring often, about 25 minutes. Continue cook ing until onions are deep dark brown, scraping bottom of Dutch oven and stirrin g often, about 15 minutes more. Add garlic and thyme; saute 5 minutes. Transf er onion mixture to large roasting pan. Add 1 cup broth mixture to Dutch oven. Bring to boil, scraping up browned bits; transfer to roasting pan.

Season brisket generously with salt and pepper. Add to Dutch oven and brown ov er high heat, about 5 minutes per side. Place brisket, fat side up, on onion m ixture in roasting pan; surround with bones. Add remaining broth mixture and t omatoes to Dutch oven; bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Pour mixture o ver brisket.

Cover roasting pan tightly with heavy-duty foil and place in oven. Bake until brisket is tender, about 3 hours 45 minutes. Remove foil. Cool brisket 2 hour s. Refrigerate uncovered 3 hours. Cover brisket tightly and keep chilled 1 da y or up to 3 days.

Scrape fat from top of pan juices; discard fat. Transfer brisket to cutting bo ard, scraping gelled juices off brisket back into roasting pan. Bring contents of roasting pan to simmer. Discard bones. Pour contents of roasting pan into coarse strainer set over large bowl. Press on solids to release as much liqui d as possible. Puree solids in processor, using on/off turns. Mix enough pure e into juices in bowl to form thick sauce. Add tomato paste and whisk to blend . Pour sauce into medium saucepan and simmer until heated through. Season wit h salt and pepper.

Slice brisket thinly across grain at slight diagonal angle. Arrange slices in glass baking dish. Drizzle 1/2 cup sauce over; cover with foil.

Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add all squashes, turnips and carrots and cook until crisp-tender, about 6 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer t o large bowl. Add potatoes to boiling water and cook until just tender, about 12 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to same bowl. Add onions t o boiling water and cook until almost tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and cool slightly. Peel onions; add to same bowl.

Preheat oven to 350?F. Bake brisket until heated through, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, boil margarine, honey and thyme in heavy large skillet over high hea t until syrup is reduced to 1/3 cup, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add cook ed vegetables, tomatoes and asparagus; toss until heated, about 5 minutes. Sea son with salt and pepper.

Arrange brisket on platter. Bring remaining sauce to simmer. Arrange vegetabl es around brisket. Serve, passing remaining sauce separately.

8 To 10 Servings

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Notes: Be sure to start the brisket at least a day before you plan on serving it – although it can be made up to three days ahead.

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