Provençal Beef Brisket

It’s easy. It’s good. And there is gravy involved. It’s already a winner in my book.

French type food, with lots of flavor, fresh herbs, sauces, butter, – well you get it – are amongst my most favorite things. That is why I really like this recipe. And I get to use my beef. Plus there is some crock pot action, always good.


Get a Knorr French Onion Soup mix, a can of Italian Style diced tomatoes (don’t drain) and a head of garlic. Cut the root end of the garlic off, so all the cloves come apart.


Gather your herbs, I recommend fresh lavender, rosemary, oregano and dried bay leaves. But like you could probably use a tablespoon or so of herbes de provence and be just fine.


Brown Ranch grass finished brisket.


Put everything in your crock-pot with a cup of red wine and a half cup of water. You want the liquid to almost cover the beef. Crack some pepper in there too. A lot. Because it is good.


Set your crock-pot to low and walk away for at least 8 hours. You want it to look like this.


This is the bad boy all ready and “resting”.


Ok, horrible picture, I know. Please ignore the big hunk of fat, ok?  My point here is to prove how this meat just falls apart. It’s a bitch to cut. I had a crap knife when I was doing it – but no one will care, just cover it in gravy.

Time to make gravy!!!! And trust me – you are going to want to make the gravy.


Start by melting a tablespoon and half of butter in your pan (I like cast iron – but it was dirty when I was making this).


Add like maybe a 1/4 cup flour (I didn’t really keep track). You are making a roux, Alton Brown does a really good show on roux, if you need some help making it.


Add your meat drippings from the crock pot. If you added fresh herbs, take them out. I do a rough strain of the drippings – you know, get the big chunks out.


Stir those drippings and the roux until it’s smooth. At this point it should start thickening up. Add potato water (from the mashed potatoes you are making to go with this dinner.), to the gravy until you get a consistency you like. I let it simmer while I slice the beef, prepare the salad, mash the potatoes – usually around 10 – 15 minutes. Add more potato water as need and check for salt and pepper too.


I know this looks gross – but letmetellyouwhat, this is the icing on the proverbial meat cake. The garlic glove has mellowed, roasted and absorbed the beef fat, heaven on a baguette slice.  The clove slips out of its skin jacket and smears deliciously on bread. My boyfriend and I fight over this.

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