Brisket is one of those timeless main dishes. It's a perfect fit for practically every Jewish holiday. But sometimes it's fun to change it up a little bit. Adding some cranberry sauce does just that. I think that this dish is perfect year-round, but some of my guests prefer to see it in the fall, as cranberries feel like such an iconic autumn food. Whenever you eat it, you'll love it.
 

You'll Need:

3-pound brisket
salt & pepper
3 T olive oil
2 yellow onions
4 carrots, rough-chopped
3 smashed garlic cloves
6 whole garlic cloves
2 cups cranberry sauce

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Season brisket with salt and pepper.
3. Sear brisket in a pan in olive oil until brown.
4. Remove brisket.
5. Add onions, carrots, garlic to pan, saute until soft.
6. Remove from heat and add cranberry sauce to the vegetable mixture.
7. Place brisket in roasting pan and cover with sauce.
8. Cover and cook for two hours.
9. Remove from oven and slice. Put slices back into the roasting pan and mix into the sauce.
10. Cook for approximately another hour and a half, but check it--I don't usually have to cook it this long. Cooking the slices in the sauce makes them even more rich and full of flavor.

Want more recipes? Try this traditional take on brisket, this Passover brisket, and this classic chicken soup.

Meredith Jacobs

Meredith Jacobs is author of The Modern Jewish Mom's Guide to Shabbat and Just Between Us: a no-stress, no-rules journal for girls and their moms that she co-authored with her daughter, Sofie. She is co-founder and editor of ModernJewishMom.com.