Wine-Braised Brisket with Tart Cherries

240 mins (prep 45)
14 ingredients
makes 8 to 10 servings
Beef brisket is the centerpiece of many Jewish holiday meals, particularly at Passover, and every family has their favorite way of preparing it. There are countless recipes out there, but how many do you need besides your grandmother's? At least one more: This one! Why? Because the meat is slowly braised in Pinot Noir, and the cherry notes in the wine pair brilliantly with dried tart cherries, which plump up with winey beef juices to become little mini-pouches of flavor on their own. Add to that a bit of star anise, which perfumes the brisket and your home with an exotic and enticing hint of licorice. Season the mixture with the sweet-and-sour agrodolce dance of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, and you have a brisket that is at once counterintuitively familiar and wonderfully different. Like all braised meats, brisket improves in flavor, and slices more easily, if made a day ahead and chilled (see Cooks' Notes). Editor's Note: This recipe is part of Gourmet's Modern Menu for Passover. Menu also includes Quinoa and Asparagus Salad with Mimosa Vinaigrette and Amaretto Olive Oil Cake.

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Serving Size (94.12 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 102.57 Calories from Fat 52.47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5.83g 71.75%
Saturated Fat 0.47g 18.74%
Trans Fat 0.14g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 144.63mg 48.21%
Total Carbohydrate 10.0g 26.67%
Dietary Fiber 0.21 g 6.86%
Sugars 3.32 g %
Protein 2.0g 31.93%
Vitamin A 5.32IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 10.79mg% Iron 0.44mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
fine salt, or, kosher, freshly ground black pepper, large garlic cloves, pinot noir, reduced-sodium chicken broth, or, packed dark brown sugar, whole star anise, a, special equipment, large