Spiced Cran-Apple Brisket Recipe
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Spiced Cran-Apple Brisket Recipe

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“Kids seem to love this recipe the most, although every adult who tastes it becomes an instant fan as well. The apple and cranberry flavors are perfect for fall.” —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh beef brisket (4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup ruby port wine
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and cubed
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried apples, diced
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Nutritional Facts

6 ounces cooked beef with 1/3 cup cooking juices equals 334 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 86 mg cholesterol, 208 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 42 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 6 lean meat, 1 starch.

Directions

  1. Cut brisket in half; place in a 5-quart slow cooker.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the apple butter, wine, vinegar, pepper and salt. Stir in the tart apple, celery, onion, dried apples, cranberries and garlic. Pour over brisket. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. Remove meat to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil.
  4. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with meat. Yield: 9 servings.
Editor’s Note: This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef. This recipe was tested with commercially prepared apple butter.
Originally published as Spiced Cran-Apple Brisket in Taste of Home August/September 2010, p57

Nutritional Facts

6 ounces cooked beef with 1/3 cup cooking juices equals 334 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 86 mg cholesterol, 208 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 42 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 6 lean meat, 1 starch.

This recipe pairs well with a light red wine.

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Reviewed Jun. 17, 2013

Thank you for sharing this recipe. It has a better flavor than many beef recipes I have tried in the past. However, the combination of the vinegar and apple butter ingredients in the dish reminded me of a German sweet and sour beef recipe I've tried before. The German beef recipe seemed to have a more complex overall taste; and, I found the German recipe more to my overall liking. Although this recipe is better than average for a weeknight dinner, my family did not find it to be superb or company worthy. I do not plan to make it again. It was nice to try a new recipe though. Again, thank you for sharing. I admire your creativity with the apple butter and cranberry combination. For readers who are new to cooking or do not own any slow cooker beef recipes, this recipe would be a great recipe to try and own as a novice cook.

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Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

I've made this once already and I'm making it for Christmas too. So easy and delicious!

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Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

So easy and delicious!

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Reviewed Sep. 12, 2010

Mmmmmm. This was delicious and easy!

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Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

I halved the meat to two pounds but did not half the other ingredients! YUMMY! Next time I will make all 4 pounds because there was nothing leftover! I'm always on the lookout for something different to cook and this dish is just that and oh so delicious! I will make this again and again! Served with mashed potatoes and green beans! Perfecto!

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