Well, fall seems to be upon us, the nights are getting quite chilly, and nothing warms like a beef roast (and baked pears!). The brisket recipe is an old one from my mom (via Southern Living, I think) and I love it's weird simplicity. The sides are pretty self-explanatory, who doesn't love mac and cheese? (and the baked tomatoes are a nice alternative to the stewed ones) Hope you enjoy!
equal parts: coffee, ketchup, white wine (I always use beer, because, like the uncultured family that we are, we always have beer around the house)
1. mix all ingredients and pour over brisket.
2. bake for at least 3hrs, covered, on 350 degrees. Slice and serve.
***I'm sure you could put this in the crock-pot...probably high for at least 8hrs***
you can figure 1/2 lb per person-
Baked mac and cheese
1/2 lb elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
5 T butter
4 T flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 T prepared mustard (I use whole-grain)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2/3 cup sharp shredded cheddar
salt, pepper to taste
1. Melt butter in large saucepan, sprinkle flour and stir until smooth. Slowly add the milk until starting to thicken and very smooth.
2. Add remaining ingredients except breadcrumbs. Allow cheeses to melt.
3. Stir cheese mixture into macaroni. Sprinkle desired amount of breadcrumbs on top. Add milk into mixture if it appears too thick.
4. Cover and bake at 350 for 45 minutes, remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
4 large tomatoes
1. Blanch tomatoes. Remove skin and core.
2. Slice horizontally and place into oven-safe dish.
3. Sprinkle tomato slices with flour, salt, pepper, and 1 T brown sugar each.
4. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
4 Whole Pears (a bit underripe)
flour (I happened to have oat flour and used that)
1. Half and core pears (I left the skin on).
2. Sprinkle with cinnamon, flour, oats, brown sugar, and butter (in that order).
3. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.