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Lisa’s Juicy Brisket with Deglazed Onion and Wine Sauce

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Lisa’s Juicy Brisket with Deglazed Onion and Wine Sauce

4 Comments 14 September 2013


I’ve known Lisa Ades now for about 5 years. When I’m not sitting at my computer blogging for The  Jewish Hostess, or taking care of my family, (and maybe doing a little fun shopping), I have the thrilling  job of working with Lisa as we co-produce a couple of  historical documentaries for The Joseph J. Sitt  Sephardic Heritage Museum.

Besides being a top notch filmmaker, Lisa also cooks gourmet meals for her family.

I’m so glad she found a minute to write up her famous kosher Brisket recipe!

Of course this is a perfect  main course for  your Shabbat and Jewish Holiday menus!

Juicy Brisket with Deglazed Onion and Wine Sauce:

    • Buy a 4-5 pound brisket.
    • Sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper and brown it well on both sides in 1-2 tbsp. vegetable oil (canola).
    • Remove brisket and sauté 6 onions, coarsely chopped or thickly sliced.
    • When the onions are lightly browned, add 2-3 minced garlic cloves and sauté for about a minute.
    • Then add ½ can of tomato paste and brown with the onions for a few minutes.
    • Deglaze the pan with about a cup of red wine, scraping up any brown bits, then add a bay leaf and about a quart of chicken stock (the stock should come up to about half way in the pan).  The onions and brisket will give off a lot of liquid.
    • For extra flavor you can add ½ packet of instant onion soup mix. Cover the pan tightly and simmer on a low heat for about 2 hours.  You can also cook the brisket in the oven at about 350.
    • Remove the brisket from the pan and let cool.
    • In the meantime, skim the sauce and then blend the onions and cooking liquid with a hand blender right in the pot or remove to a blender if you want a smooth and thick gravy.
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    • When the brisket is cool, cut off any fat if you wish and slice against the grain.
    • Nestle the sliced brisket in the gravy, cover and cook for about another hour, until it is very tender.   Total cooking time should be about 3 hours.

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Baked Lower-Fat Soufganiyot-Hanukah Apricot Jelly Doughnuts

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Baked Lower-Fat Soufganiyot-Hanukah Apricot Jelly Doughnuts

5 Comments 03 December 2012

by Joan Nathan

We scoured the ‘net for a lowfat soufganiyot recipe for our calorie conscious Jewish Hostesses and we found Joan Nathan’s great recipe

to share. I wasnt sure if my kids would love the apricot filling so I bought caramel and custard filling from Kitchen Caboodles on Avenue P in Brooklyn.


Baked Soufganiyot–Low Fat Israeli Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts

This recipe serves:  24

  • 1 package dry yeast (1 scant tablespoon)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (approximately)
  • 1 cup lukewarm skim milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • pinch of salt
  • grated zest of one lemon
  • 3 tablespoons reduced fat butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam  or caramel, chocolate, or custard filling.
  • confectioner’s or granulated sugar for rolling

1. Dissolve the yeast and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in the water.

2. Put the flour in the bowl of a food processor equipped with a steel blade. Add the dissolved yeast, milk, egg, egg yolk, salt, lemon zest and the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Process until blended. Add the butter and process until the dough becomes sticky yet elastic.

3. Remove the dough to a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for at least an hour. If you want to prepare the dough in advance, place it in the refrigerator overnight, then let it warm to room temperature before rolling and cutting.

4. Grease 2 cookie sheets. Dust a pastry board with flour. Roll the dough out to a 1/2-inch thickness. Using the top of a glass as a cutter, cut into rounds about 2-inches in diameter and roll these into balls. Place the balls about 1 to 1 1/2-inches apart on the greased cookie sheets. Cover and let rise 30 minutes more.

5. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake the doughnuts for 12 to 15 minutes or until they’re golden. Remove from the oven and let cool.

6. Soften the jam in a food processor. Using an injector, insert a teaspoon of jam into each doughnut. Roll the soufganiyot in confectioner’s or granulated sugar and serve immediately.

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Joan Nathan’s Juicy Brisket Braised in Pomegranate Juice

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Joan Nathan’s Juicy Brisket Braised in Pomegranate Juice

1 Comment 20 August 2012


Many   brisket recipes are so deliciously sweet and sticky due to the fact that its too easy to pour sugar based sauces on top and slide it into the oven for a quick and scrumtious meal. I have to admit that very often I fall into the same sweet roast trap, but lately I’ve been on the hunt for a  “healthier” version of a kosher roast recipe that wont make my family’s blood sugar levels shoot up. I think I’ve found the right flavors here with Joan Nathan‘s recipe. Pomegranate juice adds just the right amount of sweetness, and the vegetables and herbs bring out the flavor of the meat instead of disguising it. Enjoy- and let me know how you like it! I’m planning to make it for one of the Rosh Hahanah dinners. Marlene.


Brisket Braised in Pomegranate Juice by Joan Nathan
reprinted with permission from Tablet Magazine.

  • One  4 ½-pound brisket
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 leeks, cleaned, and chopped, using the white and light green only
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 ½ to 3 cups pomegranate juice
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves

1. Season the brisket with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a heavy pan or Dutch oven, brown the brisket on all sides, and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Add the onions and leeks in the pan in which you browned the brisket, and cook until soft. Add the garlic, carrots and the celery. Continue cooking for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add 1 1/2 cups of the pomegranate juice to the pan and bring the mixture to the boil, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan as you stir. Add another cup of pomegranate juice, the thyme, rosemary and bay leaves to the pan and allow to simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Return the brisket to the pan, fat-side up, spooning the vegetables and juices over the meat. Cover the pan tightly (use foil if the pan doesn’t have a lid), and braise the brisket in the oven, basting every half hour or so until the meat is tender, for about 3 hours.

5. Allow the brisket to rest before slicing and serving. (I leave it overnight in the refrigerator. The next day I cut it thin, against the grain, on the bias.) Lay the brisket over the onions and leeks and the gravy, reheat, and serve with the onion confit (see below.)

Yield: about 8 servings

Onion Confit

  • 3 large onions, peeled and cut in slivers
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth

1. Sauté the onions in the oil for about 10 to 15 minutes or until they start to turn golden.

2. Add salt and pepper to taste, the sugar, the wine, and the chicken broth. Cook them, uncovered, for another 10 minutes or until the onions are very soft. Taste, adding more sugar or salt, if necessary, and serve.


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DIY Charoset for Junior Chefs

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DIY Charoset for Junior Chefs

1 Comment 17 March 2010

Joan Nathan, author of  Jewish Cooking in America, is the go to author on traditional Jewish cooking. She also has a wonderful childrens’ book,  The Children’s Jewish Holiday Kitchen, where I found this simple to do Haroset recipe.

  • 8 apples
  • 2/3 cup almonds
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons sweet red wine


  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Knife
  • Wooden chopping bowl
  • Old-fashioned chopper or food processor


Child: Peel the apples and cut them in quarters, removing the core. Using your chopping bowl and chopper, chop together all the ingredients. The apples and almonds should be about the size of the chunks in chunky peanut butter. Add red wine to taste.

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