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Brisket with mushrooms and tarragon

06 February 2012

A filling winter warmer that is quick to prepare and can be left in the oven or slow cooker for several hours to allow all the flavours to combine

Beef brisket with mushrooms and tarragon
Beef brisket with mushrooms and tarragon

Preparation time

15 minutes

Cooking time

Up to 3 hours




  • 1 x 1.3kg/3lb lean brisket or silverside joint
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 30ml/2tbsp sunflower or rapeseed oil
  • 2 red onions, peeled and chopped
  • 300g/10½oz mixed mushrooms, cut into quarters
  • 600ml/1pint good, hot beef stock
  • 30ml/2tbsp tomato purée
  • 15-30ml/1-2tbsp freshly chopped tarragon
  • 30ml/2tbsp prepared chilli sauce, optional
  • 1 x 400g can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 225g/8oz Brussels sprouts, halved

To garnish

  • 30ml/2tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley


1. Place the joint on a chopping board and season.

2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and brown the joint all over. Transfer to a large casserole dish suitable for the hob and oven.

3. In the same frying pan, add the onions and mushrooms.  Cook for 2-3 minutes then spoon into the casserole dish.

4. Add the remaining ingredients, except the beans and Brussels sprouts.  Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and cook on the hob or in a preheated oven at Gas mark 3, 170°C, 325°F for 2½-3 hours.

5. 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time add the beans and Brussels sprouts.

6. Serve with creamy mash or warm crusty bread.

Slow cooker method

1. Place the joint on a chopping board and season.  Place the joint in the base of a slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients.

2. Turn a large slow cooker to HIGH and cook for 4-6 hours or LOW for 8-10 hours, or according to your manufacturers’ handbook.

3. Serve the brisket with mash or warm crusty bread.

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