Instant onion soup mix and dried apricots simplify preparation of this hearty braised beef dish. It requires long, slow cooking, but could be prepared in advance, refrigerated, and reheated.
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 6 pounds beef brisket
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
- 1 pound dried apricots
In a large heavy skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, brown the beef on all sides. If the brisket is too large, cut it in half first, and brown in two stages. Place the meat in a large Dutch oven with a lid.
Add onions to the drippings in the skillet. Saute over medium heat until the onions are beginning to brown. Stir in garlic, and cook for 2 or 3 more minutes. Pour over the brisket in the Dutch oven.
Empty one package of dry, instant onion soup mix over the browned onions and meat. Arrange all of the apricots on top of the soup mix. Pour enough water around outside of meat, not on top, to cover the sides of brisket. Cover.
Bake at 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) for 1 hour. Check liquid; if dish is starting to look dry, add a bit more water around meat. Cover, and cook another hour. Remove lid, and stir apricots into gravy. Leave uncovered, and cook for another hour. Stir gravy again, and add more water if the gravy is too thick. Meat should be very tender; if necessary, bake for an additional 1/2 hour. Cut across grain to serve.