Aromatic Marinated Brisket with Chestnuts

Preparation info
  • Yield:


    generous servings
    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Gefilte Variations

By Jayne Cohen

Published 2000

  • About

Back in biblical days, wily Jacob knew the value of adding chestnut to foods. After he put chestnut twigs in the water he fed to his father-in-law Laban’s strongest cattle, they gave birth to spotted calves. Good news for Jacob: he had just cut a deal with Laban—all the spotted cattle in the flock now belonged to him. (The tale lives on in the beautiful spotted heirloom beans known as Jacob’s Cattle.)

Today, chestnuts continue to lend their charms to many Jewish dishes. As they do f