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Another I haven't tried, sounds tempting though. Sounds like something I might try this Fall when the weather cools and I am tired of brisket on the smoker.
- Place the mushrooms in a small bowl. Bring 1 cup of the water to a boil. Pour over the mushrooms. Let stand for 30 minutes to soften.
- Remove the mushrooms from the soaking liquid, squeezing as much liquid as possible back into the bowl. Coarsely chop the mushrooms.
- Strain the soaking liquid through a coffee filter or 2 layers of cheesecloth. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a heavy large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and saute for about 10 minutes, until translucent.
- Reduce heat to low. Cook for about 15 minutes, until the onions begin to brown, stirring from time to time.
- Add the vinegar and cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes, until the onions turn a deep golden brown.
- Add the wine and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits in the pot. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
- Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the same Dutch oven over high heat. Season the brisket with salt and pepper. Brown well on all sides. Transfer the meat to a platter.
- Add the mushroom-soaking liquid to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits.
- Return the brisket to the pot, along with the onion-wine mixture, the remaining 3 cups water, the mushrooms, garlic, thyme and bay leaves. Bring to a boil.
- Tightly cover the pan. Place in the oven and cook for about 3 hours, until the brisket is very tender.
- Transfer the meat to a platter and tent with foil.
- Remove the bay leaves from the cooking liquid. Working in batches, puree the cooking liquid in a processor until smooth. Transfer to a large saucepan. Adjust seasoning and rewarm, if necessary.
- Cut the brisket across the grain into thin slices. Arrange on a platter. Spoon the sauce over the meat.