This Braised Beef Brisket with French Onions and Wild Mushrooms is the most delicious, succulent way I have ever eaten beef brisket. If you are looking for a new way to cook a brisket that doesn't involve a smoker, here it is. This is such a cozy dish - perfect for chilly weather. Brisket is not just for your summer barbecues, people!
So, this recipe. I had a beef brisket from my friends at Hayfield Farm lingering in my freezer and I really wanted to create something new and different. Everyone knows how to smoke a brisket (some better than others, I will admit). And most people have at least heard of a braised brisket. Usually it's kind of a sweet, tomato-based broth with lots of onions. Nothing wrong with it. But I wanted something super savory. And you know I'm always looking for any excuse to use obscene amounts of mushrooms. And you also know I love putting my little French fingerprint on most of my dishes.
So this French Onion Beef Brisket recipe was born
One of my peeves with a lot of braised or slow cooked recipes is that the onions are just tossed in raw. And when the dish is done they just look watery, bland, and totally unappealing. So I knew I wanted to get a good caramelization on the shallots and onions before introducing any liquid to the braise. This one little step will make ALL the difference in the flavor of this dish - trust me. I mean, this one little step is SO good it makes me want to cry... Just kidding. Chopping all those shallots and onions literally made me cry, just ask my husband. But it's #worthit! Sharpen your knives and wear onion goggles if you have them.
and the mushrooms
You might think this is an insane amount of mushrooms, but again - trust me! They will cook down so much and the flavor they give to the broth is just so savory and wonderful. I love using a variety, but of course you can use as few or as many types as you'd like. I get really excited when I see unique mushroom varieties and usually end up leaving with all of them. My mushroom love is real.
A few step-by-steps
This Braised Beef Brisket takes time, but it is not difficult
The layered flavors and the long cooking time make this such an elegant, delicious version of braised beef brisket. None of the steps are difficult and most of the cooking time is completely hands off. I imagine you could make this in the slow cooker, but I have not tried it.
Here's an easy veggie side to serve with this Braised Beef Brisket:
I hope you'll give this a try. If you're local go grab a brisket from Hayfield Farm! And here are a few other recipes where their beef/pork/lamb is the star of the show!
Meatballs & Quick Marinara (photos getting updated soon but the recipe is SO GOOD!)Print