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Brisket with Dried Fruits

The brisket is left to rest in a sauce inspired by tzimmes, a traditional dish of stewed fruit or vegetables.

  • Servings: 10

Photography: EARL CARTER

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2005


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 pounds beef brisket
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped, with juice
  • 2 3/4 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought beef stock
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 bag (14 1/2 ounces) prepared sauerkraut, drained
  • 1 cup pitted prunes
  • 1 cup dried Black Mission figs
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1 cup pitted dates


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat oil in a large roasting pan over high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper. Brown beef in pan all over, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter. Add onions and garlic to pan; reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring, until onions just turn golden, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and juice, the stock, and vinegar; bring to a boil.

  2. Return meat to pan; cover with foil. Cook in oven until fork-tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Turn meat; add sauerkraut and dried fruits. Cover; cook until meat is very tender and sauce is reduced, about 1 1/2 hours. Let stand 30 minutes. Slice meat against the grain. Serve with sauce.

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