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Dec 16, 2009 11:20 AM

I want to make Brisket, but I don't have the time... Alternatives?

I'm making a hanukkah feast on Friday night with latkes, kugel, etc. I always like to include brisket in my celebration but this year I just do not have the time. Does anyone have any suggestions for a beef dish that is quick but might have some of the tenderness and flavor of a brisket?

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  1. You could do meatballs in a sort of sweet and sour sauce - but they take time to make, time to simmer. This could be done in a crockpot, of course. It's not brisket, but it's meat and could be ok.

    If you're really hooked on the idea of brisket, can you not put the thing in the oven to cook overnight (very low temp)? Or set the oven timer to go on at some point during the day? I am guessing, of course, that you've already considered all those possibilities and maybe you won't be getting the brisket until too that the case?

    1. Your local supermarket (probably the Deli section) will have a brisket already cooked and waiting for you to take home.

      1. The excellent cookbook "Jewish Festival Cooking" by Phyllis and Miriam Glazer has a recipe called "Nostalgic Pastrami" that calls for, as I recall, two ingredients: a 4-5 lb pastrami, and a large can of crushed pineapple. I think you pour the pineapple over the pastrami and bake at a low temperature for a couple of hours. It promises sweet-savory, tender meat with a nicely browned crust. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to one of these days. If even the unattended time in the oven is prohibitive, it seems like the sort of thing one could reasonably cook ahead of time and warm before dinner -- not ideal, but we do what we can.... Good luck with your menu, and Happy Hanukkah!

        1. use a presssure cooker.

          1. How much time do you have? What about braised short ribs? Same idea, but less time to cook (though not exactly quick).