Brisket With Portabella Mushrooms and Dried Cranberries

"An updated version of a classic Hanukkah dish. And for simplicity, you can partially prepare this up to 2 days ahead! Uncork a Cabernet Sauvignon or Burgundy to serve with dinner."
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Ready In:
5hrs 5mins




  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Whisk wine, broth, cranberry concentrate and flour to blend in medium bowl; pour into 15x10x2-inch roasting pan. Mix in onion, garlic and rosemary. Sprinkle brisket on all sides with salt and pepper. Place brisket, fat side up, in roasting pan. Spoon some of wine mixture over. Cover pan tightly with heavy-duty foil.
  • Bake brisket until very tender, basting with pan juices every hour, about 3-1/2 hours. Transfer brisket to plate; cool 1 hour at room temperature. Thinly slice brisket across grain. Arrange slices in pan with sauce, overlapping slices slightly. (Brisket can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place mushrooms and cranberries in sauce around brisket. Cover pan with foil. Bake until mushrooms are tender and brisket is heated through, about 30 minutes (40 minutes if brisket has been refrigerated.).
  • Transfer sliced brisket and sauce to platter and serve.

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  1. I absolutely love this recipe and so does my family!! It's so easy to make, just follow the directions no changes are necessary at all. What's even better are the leftovers, they're perfect for quick dinners, just warm them in the microwave and enjoy! You will get rave reviews from all you serve this to, I promise!
  2. I made this recipe years ago, for Christmas initially, and so glad to find it again. (yup, put it away and now can't find my copy.) It's so very good that even the mushroom-haters in my family loved it. I cut down a bit on the cranberry juice concentrate the next time I made it, as I found it to be a bit on the sweet side for my taste. HOWEVER....Make This Recipe....You Will Not Be Sorry!!


I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!
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