Oven-Braised Brisket

Course : Beef
Serves: 8
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3 1/2 pounds beef brisket
1 cup onion -- chopped
1/2 cup celery -- sliced
1/2 cup carrot -- sliced
1/2 cup green pepper -- chopped
1/4 cup water
2 whole cloves
2 whole allspice
1 clove garlic -- halved
1 piece bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup flour
1 can beef broth

Preparation / Directions:

Trim excess fat from fresh beef brisket, reserving some of the trimmings. In large skillet heat reserved trimmings till about 2 tablespoons fat accumulate; discard trimmings. Brown meat on both sides in hot fat. Transfer meat to a 12x71/2x2 inch baking dish. Add onion, celery, carrot, green pepper, water, cloves, allspice, garlic (speared onto wooden pick), bay leaf, and paprika. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 325ΓΈ till meat is tender, about 3 hours. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan heat flour over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, till flour turns a dark beige color, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool; reserve for gravy. Transfer meat to serving platter. Remove cloves, allspice, garlic, and bay leaf. Drain vegetables, reserving cooking juices. Spoon vegetables over meat; Keep warm. In saucepan blend 3/4 cup of the beef broth with browned flour. Pour reserved cooking juices into measuring cup; add remaining beef broth, plus water if necessary, to make 1 1/2 cups liquid. Stir into flour mixture. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Serve gravy with meat and vegetables.

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