Slow Cooker Brisket
While I was at work, my husband (who works from home) dropped a brisket in the slow cooker with some onions, garlic and beef stock (lots of salt and pepper of course). When I came home the house smelled divine and we split the beast into two meals (looking forward to leftovers tonight!). With mine I sauteed shaved brussel sprouts (thanks again, Trader Joe’s!) with a big fat pat of butter. More salt and pepper - clearly I am a pepper fiend. All told this tasty and super filling meal netted me 5 carbs. Added to the 0 carbs from breakfast, I thought I was having a seriously good girl day. Then I remembered I treated myself to a grande whole milk iced latte from Starbucks earlier that day (because seriously, milk tastes like freakin’ candy to me). No regrets, though. Because 17 carbs for the day is not bad at all, and sometimes you just need a latte.
I’m no boss at slow cooking in general, and there’s lots of recipes out there for brisket from chefs and home cooks who work way harder than I do. I like to keep it simple, though (no wine, no bells, no whistles). Rub the brisket down with generous amounts of salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder and a bit of paprika if you’re feeling it. Generous because slow cookers suck a lot of the flavor of seasoning out. Or at least mine does. There’s some science afoot here, but I don’t know what it is (note to self: look into that). In the bottom of the cooker place chunks of onion, carrot (carrots! too naughty to eat as a side, but a must have for any stock flavor..), garlic cloves, and beef broth. Place the brisket on top and cook on medium/high (every slow cooker has different buttons - mine only gives you ‘keep warm,’ ‘low,’ and ‘hot.’ no middle ground) for 4 hours, then keep warm/low for another 2. If you like, you can make gravy from the leftover broth. Drain and toss veggies (or you can keep em, whatevs), and then… I have no idea. I make gravy with flour. Which obviously doesn’t work now. Hmmm…
Does anyone know how to make keto-friendly gravy?
Oh well…. Enjoy!
Arrowroot! It has about the same amount of carbs as cornstarch, but you only need about 1/3 as much for the same thickness. You could also just reduce the pan drippings w/o a thickener and make a good au jus.