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Mediterranean Brisket

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Mediterranean Brisket

Fennel, tomatoes, olives, and Greek seasoning raise ordinary beef brisket to new flavor heights.

Preparation time:  25 minutes

Cooking time: 10 to 11 hours (low) or 5 to 5 1/3 hours (high)


  • 1 3-pound fresh beef brisket
  • 3 teaspoons dried Greek seasoning or Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, trimmed, cored, and cut into thick wedges; or 4 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch slices, plus 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, undrained
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup pitted green, Kalamata, and/or ripe olives
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Hot cooked noodles or rice (optional)


Trim fat from meat.  If necessary, cut meat to fit into a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker.  Sprinkle meat with 1 teaspoon of the Greek seasoning; rub in with your fingers.  Place the meat in the cooker.  Top with fennel wedges or celery and fennel seeds.

In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, broth, olives, salt, lemon peel, pepper, and the remaining 2 teaspoons Greek seasoning.  Pour over brisket mixture in cooker.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 11 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 5 1/2 hours.

Remove meat from slow cooker, reserving cooking juices.  Thinly slice meat.  Arrange meat and vegetales on a serving platter.  Cover meat and vegetables; keep warm.  Pour cooking juices into a glass measuring cup; skim off fat.

For sauce, if necessary, add water to cooking juices to make 2 cups.  Transfer to a small saucepan.  In a small bowl, combine the 1/4 cup water and the flour; stir into mixture in saucepan.  Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.  Cook and stir for 1 minute more.  Serve sauce with meat and vegetables.  If desired, serve with hot cooked noodles.

Makes 8 servings.

Per serving:

Calories:  286
Fat: 11 g
Cholesterol: 82 mg
Sodium: 754 mg
Carbohydrate: 8 g
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 37 g


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