champagne brisket and the diva dash

my friend teresa, sent me a bunch of amazing recipes a week or so ago, and i tried my first one on tuesday: champagne brisket. it turned out beautifully!

the recipe was originally for roasting in the oven, but since i needed it to be ready when i got home from work, i altered it a bit, and cooked it in the crock pot, along with the veggies. here’s how it went down.

champagne brisket

1 large trimmed brisket
2 cups champagne
1 cup water
2 cloves garlic
1 pkg mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch green onions chopped
1 stick of butter
salt and pepper to taste

the night before, salt and pepper the brisket and place it in a baking bag. (since i did mine in the crock pot, i put it in the pot.) add 2 cups of champagne and 1 cup of water, along with cloves of crushed garlic. seal and refrigerate overnight. (i totally didn’t have any garlic so i used garlic salt and pepper.)

the next day heat the oven to 325 degrees .make some holes in the top of the cooking bag to allow the steam to escape. place the cooking back in a roasting pan and cook for 4 to 4 1/2 hours. let rest till cool enough to handle. drain juices from the mean and skim off the fat.

in a large skillet, melt on stick of butter. saute the copped green onion with lots of black pepper. add sliced mushroom and saute till brown. add the defatted juices from the brisket and thicken with 1 tablespoon of corn starch dissolved in a small amount of cold water. taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper as needed. pour over sliced brisket. extra gravy can be served over mashed potatoes, too.


now, because i did mine in the slow cooker, i added the mushrooms, onions and butter to the brisket before turning the crock pot on. also, i drained most of the champagne out of there. i put it on low for about 8 hours, and for the last 45 minutes, transferred to the oven. this gave it a slightly crispy and wonderful outside. here’s a pic of the final product.

in other news, i have not yet established my work out regime, though battling the flu/cold/whatever it was this week certainly didn’t help. i have also yet to dive into ephesians purposefully. hopefully next week i will better report on these two. :)

however, i DID sign up for a 5K in april, called the diva dash! 3 miles of running and obstacle tackling. it’s for women only, and i’ve recruited several people to sign up with me. it should be a LOT of fun!

you get a lot of swag with this race, not to mention lots of luna bars (naturally), beer, diva SHAPE socks, and a sweet diva medal at upon completion of the race.

i’ll keep you posted on how the training is going. thanks for reading!

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