Traditionally cooked for Jewish holidays, brisket has become a favorite of everyone, regardless of religious tradition. It’s an economical cut of beef that, when cooked correctly, delights and impresses.
This year, Rosh Hashanah 2014 begins on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 24 and ends on the evening of Friday, Sept. 26. We’ve rounded up a list of not-so-traditional ways to cook up brisket for this Jewish New Year, and what to do with all those leftovers.
1. Tangy spiced brisket
Blog: Smitten Kitchen
The spices and flavors of this tangy spiced brisket sing through the screen. You’ll be drooling as this cooks for hours in your oven.
2. Beer braised brisket
In this beer braised brisket you can experiment with a variety of beers to achieve great flavor. Use a hoppy IPA for those grassy notes, or a chocolate stout for a sweeter recipe.
3. Pomegranate molasses brisket
Blog: Tori Avey
Did you know that pomegranates are eaten at Rosh Hashanah as part of the “new fruit” blessing because of their layered symbolism and meaning in the Jewish religion? This pomegranate molasses brisket is a great way to incorporate the fruit into the main dish.
4. Root beer brisket
Blog: Baked Bree
The root beer in this root beer brisket recipe brings some sweetness to this otherwise savory recipe.
5. Korean-style braised brisket
Blog: Beyond Kimchee
The Asian ingredients and seasonings in this Korean-style braised brisket make for a unique twist on a favorite.
6. Bourbon and coffee brisket with cranberry sauce
Blog: What Jew Wanna Eat
Rubbed with coffee and fennel and braised in bourbon, this recipe for bourbon and coffee brisket with cranberry sauce is a great dish to serve at your holiday dinners. Plus, the cranberry sauce takes it over the top.
7. Rum and coffee brisket
Blog: Tori Avey
Onions, garlic and red peppers make this rum and coffee brisket a one-of-a-kind recipe. Incredibly flavorful but still comforting.
8. Coca-Cola brisket
Blog: Cooking Bride
Coca-Cola brisket has become almost as popular as the traditional brisket recipes, because honestly, who doesn’t have some Coca-Cola at home, at all times? It’s a great recipe when you’re looking to try something different but still approachable.
9. Passover brisket
Blog: The Pioneer Woman
We can’t forget about the traditional brisket recipe, and this Passover brisket by The Pioneer Woman is just divine and extremely simple.
What to do with leftover brisket:
10. Smoky brisket tacos with shredded cabbage and sweet corn
Blog: How Sweet It Is
These smoky brisket tacos with shredded cabbage and sweet corn are the perfect way to use up your brisket leftovers, and adding the fresh cabbage and corn brightens up the beef.
11. Smoked brisket sandwich
Blog: Spiced Blog
Start by using your leftovers in the simplest way, between two pieces of bread, like this smoked brisket sandwich.
12. Southwestern chipotle brisket tacos
Blog: What’s Gaby Cooking
These Southwestern chipotle brisket tacos, tacos with guacamole, tomatoes and queso fresco, make for a Mexican twist on a traditional Jewish meat.
13. Beef brisket French dip sandwiches
Blog: Neighbor Foods
Basically, the best part of a beef brisket French dip sandwich is the dip. Every bite is dunked into a gravy-like liquid; what’s not to love?
14. BBQ brisket nachos
Blog: Around My Family Table
Topped with cheddar and blue cheese, fresh cilantro, tomatoes and olives, these BBQ brisket nachos are sure to be a crowd pleaser.
15. Brisket, bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich
This is the ultimate brisket sandwich, similar to a BLT but with the added leftover brisket.
16. Beef brisket hash
Blog: Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Turn your leftover brisket into breakfast by making this delicious beef brisket hash.
17. Brisket & brie tacos with mango barbecue sauce
Blog: Prevention RD
These brisket and brie tacos with mango barbecue sauce bring a hint of French with the cheese and a touch of Caribbean flavors with the mango sauce. It’s a bite that will take you all around the world in one second.
18. Brisket-and-cheese-stuffed jumbo potatoes
Brisket-and-cheese-stuffed jumbo potatoes, the ultimate stuffed potato.
19. Smoked cheddar and blue cheese brisket macaroni and cheese
Blog: Sarah’s Cucina Bella
This brisket macaroni and cheese is total comfort food, packed with your favorite cheeses. A big bowl of this and you’re ready for a delicious nap.
20. Black bean and smoked brisket soup
Blog: Add a pinch
Turn your brisket into a comforting soup, like this black bean and smoked brisket soup.