Pot Roasted Beef Brisket

Cook this one-pot brisket in beer for a richer flavour and your parsnips and mushrooms will absorb the liquor, too. Serve with mash to soak up the gravy


1-1¼kg/2¼-2¾ lb boned and rolled beef brisket                 500-550ml bottle brown ale or stout
5 tbsp vegetable oil                                                                        a few fresh thyme sprigs
large knob of butter                                                                        2 bay leaves
2 large onions, halved and sliced                                               1-2 tsp light muscovado sugar
2-3 celery sticks, finely chopped                                                  500g parsnips, cut into wedges
2 carrots, sliced                                                                               1 tbsp Dijon mustard
200-250g/8-9oz large flat mushrooms, stalks chopped and heads thinly sliced

chopped fresh parsley or thyme, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas 5/fan oven 170C. Wash and dry brisket and season. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a deep casserole and brown beef all over. Remove from pan. Turn down heat, add butter and fry the onions, celery, carrots and mushroom stalks for 6-8 minutes.
  2. Return beef to pan and add beer, thyme, bay leaves and sugar. Add water if necessary so the liquid comes about two-thirds up the beef. Season, bring to a simmer, cover tightly, and cook in the oven for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 160C/Gas 3/fan oven 140C and cook for 2 hours, turning twice, until tender.
  3. An hour before the beef is done, toss the parsnips in oil, season and roast on a baking tray above the beef for 50 mins – 1 hr until tender, turning once.
  4. Turn oven up to 190C/Gas 5/fan oven 170C. Lift out the beef, tent with foil and keep warm. Stir the parsnips and mushroom caps into the beef juices. Check seasoning; add water if needed. Cover and cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes until mushrooms are tender.
  5. To serve, use a slotted spoon to remove vegetables and arrange round the beef. Spoon off the excess fat from the juices, then whisk in the mustard and pour into a jug. Moisten the beef with a little juice and scatter with parsley or thyme.

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