Almost Losing A Finger Brisket

You know when you go into Trader Joe’s, sometimes they give out little samples. Mostly, it’s some of their prepared food, such as frozen things that they heat up, or chocolate, or fruit, or things like that. Well over one weekend, they were giving out some pieces of brisket. The brisket was “Nana Rose’s Beef Brisket” and after tasting my little sample, I moved on. Then I eventually went to Genuardi’s to get other groceries that I couldn’t get at Trader Joe’s. And I saw these ladies buying brisket. This was the weekend before Passover, and I was in Wynnewood, so there was just tons of brisket buying to be had. Then I started thinking about the brisket from Trader Joe’s. And that’s when I decided to make one.

Making the recipe was a breeze and it tasted great. Not losing a finger in the process? That wasn’t so easy. While cutting the onion, I damn near chopped my finger off. I’m not sure what happened. It wasn’t difficult cutting either. In fact, it was super easy cutting. I only had to cut them into big chunky pieces. But something slipped, and I sliced right into the top bend of my left middle finger. Man, it was deep too. And it would just not stop bleeding. And this knife had onion all over it! I’d cut into my finger with onion. Grrr… I didn’t freak out. I just started rinsing it out and tried to clean it off a bit as my sink ran red. It was gross, like a horror movie. I grabbed a paper towel and started squeezing. You know, like you’re supposed to do… like they taught me in Girl Scouts, elevate and apply pressure. So that’s what I did… for a long time. It wouldn’t stop bleeding so I called my doctor’s office. They said if it didn’t stop bleeding in the next hour, to go to the emergency room. Thankfully, ten minutes later, it had mostly stopped bleeding. In hindsight, I probably did need stitches. But I’m pretty terrible about actually seeking medical attention for stuff like cuts and burns. So I just used tons of liquid bandage and put a splint on it. And lucky for me, it’s healing nicely and there’s no signs of infection. Stupid stupid evil onions…

I used my dutch oven, but I would have used my slow cooker if it was at my house. I cooked it for four hours and it was too long for me, too much of the liquid got cooked off. I would stick more or less to three hours.

Nana Rose’s Beef Brisket (from Trader Joe’s)
1 brisket
2 red onions diced
3/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup beef broth
1 tbsp pepper
Salt to taste brisket
4 carrots cut into quarters (I used potatoes)

Sautee evil onions in pot, add brisket and seer on fatty side down until brown. Add broth, ketchup, salt & pepper, veggies, bring to a simmer. Transfer to baking dish and cover tightly and bake at 325 degrees for 3-4 hours (will break apart when fully cooked). Slice and return to sauce. Best when cooked day before and reheated.

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