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Peppered Beef Brisket Marsala

Besides Chanukah, Jewish cooks make brisket the day before Sabbath, a day when traditionally no cooking is done.


  • 1 (3- to 4-pound) fresh beef brisket
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed whole pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 ( 7 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup Marsala
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Trim excess fat from brisket; sprinkle meat with pepper and salt. Place flour in a large oven-cooking bag and shake. Add brisket. Set the bag in a large roasting pan.
  3. Add carrots, celery, onions, tomatoes, Marsala, Italian seasoning, and bay leaves to bag with brisket. Seal bag. Cut slits in top of bag.
  4. Roast for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until tender. Remove bay leaves. Slice meat across the grain into 1/4-inch thick slices. Skim fat from pan juices. Serve skimmed juices with meat.
  5. To make ahead: Cool meat in bag; cover and chill overnight.
  6. To reheat, remove meat from bag; thinly slice. Place slices in a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Skim fat from juices; pour over meat. Cover; heat in a 300 degree F oven for 50 minutes or until just heated through.

Yield: 12 main-dish servings