Braised Brisket with Thirty-Six Cloves of Garlic

Preparation info

  • Yield:

    8

    Generous Servings
    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

Jewish Holiday Cooking

Jewish Holiday Cooking

By Jayne Cohen

Published 2008

  • About

In my take on the French classic, chicken with forty cloves of garlic becomes brisket with thirty-six cloves. All that feisty garlic turns sweet and mellow with gentle braising; when pureed, it forms a seductive gravy, which is finished with a zing of chopped raw garlic and lemon zest.

Why thirty-six cloves? Beginning with aleph, which equals one, each letter of the Hebrew alphabet stands for a number, and so every word has a numerical value. All multiples of eighteen, the nu