On The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel brisket plays an important role. Brisket is one of Mrs. Maisel’s best dishes in Amazon’s original series. She uses her brisket as a bribe to get her husband, an aspiring comedian, good times slots at the Gas Light, their comedy club of choice.
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Recently, my amazing husband decided to try his hand at making a Marvelous Mrs. Maisel brisket because We had just finished the entire series on Amazon Prime. Eating a roast brisket seemed like a great way to celebrate.
He also agreed to write a little something about his process and the recipe he chose. Take it away, Ross Basile!
Hope your enjoying the visit to the ’50s with me as part of our summer binge challenge. I love The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as it features an empowered woman, albeit with a rosier view of the ’50s (ie. limited racism and no wife beatings so far). And if you’re like me, you live to Prime, chill and EAT.
And nothing says Maisel like a nice roast brisket. While I didn’t use it to bribe to get on stage, I did use it to bribe my wife as it is one of her favorite dishes.
If you’d like to join me with a nice brisket, I suggest you find a good old cookbook and braise it the old fashioned way.
Just kidding. While I did get a recipe from my mother’s go-to 1953 cookbook Meta Givens Encyclopedia of Cooking, I remained modern and slow-roasted the brisket in a crockpot.
I also added garlic and Italian seasonings — and a lot less vinegar — to give it more of a ’50s sweet taste versus sweet and sour.
I cooked The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel brisket on high in the crockpot for three hours, then on low until the family was ready to eat a few hours later.
Add some russet potatoes, sliced carrots, celery and onions after the three-hour mark and you’ll be bribing your underground comedy club owner in no time.
Here’s the cookbook’s recipe.
Braised Brisket with Sweet-Sour Gravy
- 3 lb. beef brisket
- 2 TB butter
- 3 tsp salt
- Pepper to suit to taste
- 1 carrot, scraped and sliced
- 1/2 C chopped celery
- 1 med. onion, sliced
- 1/4 C vinegar
- 3 TB sugar
Cut brisket across the grain into 2-inch thick slices. Melt butter and brown meat slowly on both sides in a heavy skillet or dutch oven; add seasonings, vegetables, sugar and vinegar. Cover tightly and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until very tender. Remove meat to hot platter.
If unthickened gravy is desired, skim off excess fat and quickly evaporate liquid remaining in pan by boiling until the required amount remains.
To intensify the sweet-sour flavor, add an additional TB vinegar and 1 tsp sugar. 5-7 servings.
Let me tell you, that Marvelous Mrs. Maisel brisket was de-licious. It melted in my mouth. I didn’t need a knife at all.
And I don’t know about you, but a meal tastes even better when someone else cooks it.