Tuesday, September 4, 2012

My First Giveaway! Easy Breezy Brisket: A Simple, 5 Minute Recipe for Rosh Hashanah

Welcome to the first ever Jewish Holiday Blog Party, hosted by Jessie of Taste and Miriam of Overtime Cook, and sponsored by Kitchen Aid! As you may know, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year is coming up, and Jewish bloggers from all over the world are celebrating with all kinds of twists on traditional Rosh Hashanah foods.

To kick off the celebration, Levana Kirschenbaum is giving away a copy of her fabulous new book, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen, to three lucky winners. I am happy to present this opportunity to win while also sharing one of my all-time favorite recipes. Giveaway entry details below.

Before I post this recipe, you need a little personal background:
I love meat. I am that girl. Give me steak/brisket/roast beef or give me death. Okay, not quite that intense, but you get the point! I am always looking for flavorful recipes for my meats. Often, I just rub olive oil, salt and pepper on them and broil or grill. For Shabbos, holidays and special occasions, I like to add a little more flavor without adding prep time.

I got this amazing brisket recipe from one of my oldest and dearest friends, Ilana. I have no idea where she got it but I make it all the time. The meat comes out amazing: succulent, tender, soft, and flavorful. It takes under five minutes to prepare the brisket, which is great for busy, working moms like me who need to serve a large crowd. Even my kids like it!

Easy Breezy Brisket:

1 top of the rib or 2nd cut brisket (1st cut brisket is too chewy)
1/3 cup chili sauce
1/3 cup onion soup mix
Black pepper
1/3 cup water

Instructions: Position beef in a pan with a snug fit; beef may be folded under itself. The tighter the better. Coat each side of the beef with chili sauce and sprinkle with onion soup mix.
Sprinkle top with pepper and paprika.
Add water to the bottom of the pan. Bake at 325° tightly covered for two hours. Flip after one hour.

If you ask your grandmother, because all grandmothers know much more about meat cuts and carving techniques, this brisket is best cut cold (though I violate this rule all the time) and of course, always cut against the grain. I like to serve the gravy with rice or potato kugel.

I do hope you try this recipe this Rosh Hashanah. And may you have a happy, healthy, and sweet new year!

Giveaway entry details:Now that you have one entree determined, leave a comment on this post with the name of your favorite Rosh Hashanah entree or dish. Limit one entry per reader per blog so click over to the other participating blogs below for your chance at additional entries! I know that I will be checking out each of the recipes from participating bloggers!

Giveaway ends 5 am eastern time on September 11, 2012.

Prize is sponsored by Levana and available to readers from all blogs participating in the Rosh Hashanah Blog Party. Prize can only be shipped within the US. 

Stop by and check out some of these amazing Rosh Hashanah themed recipes on the following blogs: 

Challah and Bread:
Marlene of The Jewish Hostess made Apple Challah
Amanda of The Challah Blog made Pomegranate Challah
Shelly of The Kosher Home made Apple, Honey and Pomegranate Challah!

Sides, Salads and Starters:
Sarah of Food, Words, Photos made Tzimmes (Rosh Hashanah Carrots)
Tali of More Quiche, Please made Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash
Roberta and Lois of Kosher Eye made Simanim Salad
Chanie of Busy In Brooklyn made Pomegranate Coleslaw
Rivki of Life in the Married Lane made Super Salad
Hannah of Cooking Manager made Beets Marinated with Ginger and Garlic
Sina of The Kosher Spoon made Pomegranate, Almond and Raisin Couscous
Shulie of Food Wanderings made Rosh Hashanah Salad
Hindy of Confident Cook-Hesitant Baker made Warm Roasted Beets with Farro
Sarah of Kosher Street made Sweet Potato Apple Tzimmes

Main Dishes:
Jessie of Taste made Smoked Salmon
Samantha of The Little Ferraro Kitchen made Chicken with Dates
Michele of Kosher Treif Cooking made Coconut Chicken Strips with two dipping sauces
Melinda of Kitchen Tested made Key Lime Glazed Duck
Stephanie and Jessica of The Kosher Foodies made Chicken Braised in Pomegranate
Liz of The Lemon Bowl made Beef Brisket

Desserts and Drinks:
Miriam of Overtime Cook made Mini Apples and Honey Tarts
Laura of Pragmatic Attic made Fresh Ginger Honey Cake
Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen made Honey Caramel Apple Galette
Danielle of Hugs and Cookies xoxo made The World's Best Rugelach
Amy of What Jew Wanna Eat made an Apple and Honey Cocktail
Nick of The Baking Process made Apple and Date Honey Squares
Lisa of The Monday Morning Cooking Club made Honey Chiffon Cake and Traditional Honey Cake
Leah of Cook Kosher made Pomegranate Ice Cream
Nossi of The Kosher Gastronome made Non-dairy Key Lime Cheesecake Bar with Key Lime Caramel

This is the first of hopefully many exciting Holiday Blog Parties, so if you would like to join in the fun, please email holidayblogparties@gmail.com.



  1. I am here from Rivki. I saw 5 Minute Brisket and all, "Whaaaat? I want to go to there." Because I looooove me some meat. I think I gross some people out actually because I like it rather rare.

    My favorite dish -- besides the brisket -- would be the potatoes. I am a huge lover of rosemary potatoes and that is what I make during RH. I eat zillions of them. THey are just so tiny. And then I don't have room for things like desserts because, you know, who cares? I got my meat & potatoes! :-)

    Nice to meet you.

    1. Thanks, you too! I also love potatoes, and the smaller the better!

    2. Love 5-miunute recipes, I like to cook but am so impatient.

      As for the other recipes I must say that an Apple Challah (if it(s not basically an apple cake) intrigues me.


  2. pomegranate ice cream sounds awesome!

  3. I have never made brisket. I think I am going to tacke one this year, yours sounds so good. I love anything with onions. My favorite dish is always, hands down, the bread. I love my carbs! Thanks for participating!

    1. Brisket is a must! It also gets even richer when reheated again and again.

  4. Can you make this in a crock pot? That would make it truly a five minute dish...you wouldn't even have to turn it over.

    1. Definitely worth a try, but beware of overcooking because brisket will shred or fall apart entirely. Let me know how it turns out!

  5. Always found brisket intimidating, but I think it's worth giving it a try. Great idea about the crock pot, always looking for no fuss recipes! Oh, yeah, and my favourite is the honey cake!

  6. Brisket is not a food I buy here in Israel. I have no idea what I am cooking for Rosh Hashana, except that I have been invited to a bbq on the second day and will be bringing wings (raw), my famous rice dish (with shredded carrots and diced onion) and chocolate cake (recently started using a new cake recipe).

  7. Always love new recipes for roasts or meats. I agree with cutting it cold and then rewarm.

  8. honey cake

  9. I always make brisket for chag, except that I found a standing rib roast for the first time ever here in Israel, so that's what we're having, with potatoes with olive oil and rosemary. Is that Jewish food? Well, if a Jew eats it for chag I think it qualifies.

  10. I would eat the fresh ginger honey cake. I love brisket it is my all time favorite meal EVER!!


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  12. Simanim Salad!


  13. Omg Estee, i am so making this brisket! Between this recipe and your challahs the other day I'm getting excited..... And hungry ;-)

    1. Thanks ML! Please send feedback if you do try either recipe.

  14. Estee it sounds like you are a great cook!! Do your kids like this meat too?


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