Beef brisket is a traditional protein served during Hanukkah. 2016 sees Hanukkah being celebrated later in the month of December, where it coincides with Christmas. This could mean a busy week for those households where both holidays are celebrated.
In order to simplify the holidays, if only by a little, we offer a recipe for a Hanukkah meal of beef brisket made in a slow cooker. As brisket likes to be cooked low and slow, the slow cooker is perfect for the job. Not to mention, it gives you some time for other holiday preparations while the slow cooker does most of the work.
Holidays can be a very difficult time for anyone trying to lose weight, and gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, gastric band patients are no exception. Foods that are traditional during Hanukkah are often fried foods, such as potato latkes and doughnuts, as observers pay homage to the single cruse of olive oil that lasted eight days.
Bariatric patients are typically encouraged to avoid fried foods in favor of baked, grilled, or roasted foods in an effort to reduce overall calories and promote weight loss. While avoiding all fried foods may be very hard to do during Hanukkah, we encourage our patients observing the holiday to remember to focus on eating their protein first, try to incorporate fresh vegetables and fruits, and consume fried foods in moderation.
Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
- 3 lbs beef brisket
- 1 onion, sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 cup beef broth
- 2 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- Take out your brisket and pat it dry. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
- Sear brisket over medium-high heat in a deep saute pan. Once a golden brown crust appears on both sides, place into the slow cooker, fatty side up. If you are pressed for time, you can skip this step. It isn’t necessary to cook the brisket, but it helps add a depth of flavor that makes it extra delicious.
- Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Let the brisket rest for an additional 20 minutes before slicing and serving.
- You can top it with cooking juices for extra flavor.
The above suggestion is offered by Dr. Shillingford, M.D., P.A., a Center of Excellence surgeon specializing in gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric band surgeries. Dr. Shillingford’s reputation for excellent surgical skills and comfortable bedside manner attract patients from all over Florida, including Boca Raton, Naples, Tampa, Sarasota, Port St. Lucie, Orlando, and Jacksonville.
His bariatric weight loss patients receive top notch care during their hospital stay at Northwest Medical Center’s Center for Excellence in Bariatric Surgery and during their follow up care with Dr. Shillingford.
Dr. Shillingford and his staff encourage those considering gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery to set up an appointment today for one of his free informational meetings to learn more about if bariatric surgery is right for them. Please call the office at (561) 483-8840 to schedule your appointment today.