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Jessie and Lennie Ware’s Brisket in Cola

by Jessie Ware, Lennie Ware from Table Manners: The Cookbook

Perfect for a Rosh Hashanah or Jewish High Holiday celebration, this brisket in cola recipe is from Jessie and Lennie Ware's cookbook, Table Manners.

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Jessie Ware, Lennie Ware


Brisket is often served in America at Jewish holidays, and the American sister trio band, Haim, reminisced about their mother’s brisket with red wine on the podcast. I’ve always found that cola worked wonderfully with brisket and surprisingly doesn’t taste too sweet.

Buy the brisket flat (rather than rolled) and trim off the excess fat, or ask the butcher to do so, and use regular cola, not diet, for the best flavour. Serve with mashed potatoes or Kugel. This is just as good the next day, if not better.

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2kg brisket
1 tbsp rapeseed or sunflower oil
3 - 4 onions, sliced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
500ml cola
400g ketchup
4 tsp onion granules
2 tsp light brown sugar
fine salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 150°C/130°C fan/gas 2.

Rub the brisket all over with fine salt. Heat the oil in a large heavy-based frying pan, then fry the brisket for 4 minutes on each side until browned.
Put the onions in a roasting tin and put the brisket on top, fat-side up. Mix together all the other ingredients and pour over the meat. Cover the tin with a sheet of baking parchment or greaseproof paper and then cover with foil, sealing it tightly around the edges of the tin. Cook for about 3½–4 hours until the meat is tender.

Remove from the oven and leave to stand, still covered with foil, for
about 30 minutes.

Slice the meat against the grain and serve with the sauce poured over.

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