RECIPES

Braised Beef Brisket and Creamy Polenta

Wisconsin Cheese Braised Beef Brisket and Creamy Polenta Recipe
Active Time
1.25 Hours
Servings
6

Ingredients

Red Wine Braised Brisket:

Polenta:

Cheese

Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Gouda or LaBelle™ can be used in this recipe.

Instructions

Red Wine Braised Brisket:

  1. Heat oven to 325°F.
  2. Pat brisket dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. Warm olive oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown brisket in oil, in batches, on both sides. Remove from the pan.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add shallots and garlic to the same pan; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomato paste; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup wine. Bring to a boil, stirring to loosen any browned bits from bottom of pan. Cook and stir for 2 minutes longer. Stir in beef stock and remaining wine. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low. Add the mushrooms, thyme, bay leaves and brisket.
  4. Cover and bake for 2-3 hours or until brisket is fork tender, turning once.
  5. Skim fat from cooking juices. Remove and discard thyme and bay leaves. Transfer beef to a cutting board; shred meat. Tent with aluminum foil.
  6. Meanwhile, bring juices to a boil in the same pan. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until juices are reduced by half. Reduce heat to low. Season with salt and pepper. Return beef to sauce. Keep warm.

Polenta:

  1. Bring the water, milk and salt to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Slowly whisk in polenta, whisking constantly until thoroughly blended and smooth.
  2. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the mixture thickens and polenta is tender, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove from the heat. Gradually stir in LaBelle and butter until melted. Season with pepper to taste.
  4. Serve brisket with sauce over polenta. Garnish with shaved LaBelle and thyme.

Recipe Tips

A Wisconsin aged gouda cheese can be substituted in this recipe. | This recipe was tested with cabernet sauvignon wine.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

LaBelle means beautiful in French, which perfectly describes this aged, farmstead cheese. It’s a Wisconsin original cheese—gouda-style with a semi-soft texture and buttery flavor.

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