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Ale-Braised Brisket and Onion Sandwiches

  • Servings:

    Serves 8 as an appetizer
  • Prep Time:

    20 minutes
  • Cook Time:

    480 minutes


Thin slices of savory, slow-cooked beef are sandwiched in a soft roll, topped with onion and gorgonzola crumbles. Everything is prepped ahead, so set it out for your guests, sit back, and enjoy the party.
1 Tbsp. Minute Tapioca
1 large sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 cubes beef bouillon
1 (12- oz.) bottle pale ale
1/4 cup prepared horseradish
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. dry mustard
2 Tbsp. molasses
2 tsp. paprika
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
4 lb. flat cut beef brisket
16 white dinner rolls or 8 large rolls
1 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
Ale-Braised Brisket and Onion Sandwiches


Note: Make sure to buy prepared horseradish, which is plain grated horseradish in vinegar, and not horseradish sauce, which can be made with mayonnaise or sour cream.
1. Sprinkle tapioca on bottom of slow cooker. Top with onion slices and bouillon cubes. Pour ale over onions.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together horseradish, garlic, mustard, molasses, paprika, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and salt.
3. Trim fat from brisket. If necessary, cut beef in half to fit your slow cooker. Coat beef in half to fit your slow cooker. Coat beef with horseradish mixture. Place it on top of onions. One piece of meat can be placed on top of the other. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours.
4. Remove beef and place on a cutting board. Stir onions and sauce. Use a fork or slotted spoon to lift out onions from sauce and place in a small serving bowl.
5. Thinly slice beef against the long muscle grains and return slices to sauce. Stir to coat. For serving, there should be just enough sauce to cover beef in cooker. Remove extra sauce and place in a gravy boat.
6. Place rolls on a platter and gorgonzola in a small bowl. To serve, put slow cooker with beef slices on a serving table. Next to it, place onion slices, sauce, rolls, and gorgonzola. Each sandwich should be assembled with slices of beef, some onions, and 1 to 2 Tbsp. gorgonzola crumbles.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, November - December 2008


Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 8
Base Nutrients
Calories 620 kcal (31%)
Calories from Fat 162 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 18 g (28%)
Saturated Fat 8 g (40%)
Cholesterol 105 mg (35%)
Sodium 1170 mg (49%)
Total Carbohydrates 48 g (16%)
Dietary Fiber 3 g (12%)
Protein 60 g (100%)
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a