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Brisket and Root Vegetable Salad with Creamy Horseradish Dressing

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Serves four.

  • To learn more, read:
    Brisket: The Real Deal
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 98

A delicious destination for leftover brisket, this salad is best with meat from the flat end of the brisket, because it holds its shape better than brisket point. Leave the brisket in long slices or cut it into wide strips, and be sure it’s at room temperature so it won’t be too dense.

  • 4 small golden or red beets (about 2-1/2 inches wide)
  • 8 small red potatoes (about 2-1/2 inches wide)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup drained prepared horseradish
  • 1 Tbs. distilled white vinegar; more as needed
  • 1/2 medium tart apple, peeled, cored, and minced
  • 2 Tbs. minced white onion (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium bulb fennel, cored and very thinly sliced or shaved with a mandoline or vegetable peeler (about 2-1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 16 thin slices leftover brisket, at room temperature

Cut the tails and leaves from the beets but leave about 1 inch of the stems attached. Wash well and put them in a 2-quart saucepan with enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer until tender when pierced with a skewer, 30 to 35 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool. When cool enough to handle, slip off the peels. Slice the beets 1/4 inch thick.

While the beets cook, put the potatoes in a 4-quart saucepan with enough water to cover and 1 Tbs. salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a skewer, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool. When cool enough to handle, peel and slice 1/4 inch thick.

In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream, horseradish, and vinegar. Mix in the apple and onion, if using. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and vinegar.

In a medium bowl, toss the fennel and parsley with 2 Tbs. of the horseradish dressing, the olive oil, 1/4 tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper.

Arrange the brisket, potatoes, and beets on 4 large plates. Sprinkle lightly with salt and drizzle with some of the dressing. Pile the fennel on top and serve the remaining dressing on the side.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 640; Fat (g): fat g 20; Fat Calories (kcal): 180; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 7; Protein (g): protein g 43; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 72; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 1160; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 70; Fiber (g): fiber g 10;

Photo: Scott Phillips

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