Adapted from “Levana’s Table: Kosher Cooking For Everyone,” by Levana Kirschenbaum, I have taken some liberties with this recipe. This tasty, tangy brisket shines for two reasons: It gets a zing from the addition of Coca Cola (a Southern twist) and it’s the only brisket recipe in my book with a blender sauce. If a whole bunch of ingredients and a little prep seem daunting, maybe get someone to chop/dice for you and wash your measuring spoons/cups/blender. Cook this the day before so all the flavors can marry and so you can easily skim any cooled fat off.
Quivering cranberry slices melt into the meat and slowly caramelize to give this brisket its lovely character. The cranberry make it sweetish, but the onions help give it a wonderfully balanced taste. Make it the day before you are going to serve it. This recipe is adapted from the recipe of Roberta Greenberg, assistant to the rabbis at Temple Emanu-El.
I used to be embarrassed that this was my brisket recipe. It’s the first I ever cooked. It is never going to be the sophisticated brisket a superstar chef would brag about (Heinz chili sauce? Lipton Onion Soup Mix?) but it is insanely good: achingly tender, bathed in a sweet, rich, thick tomato-y sauce. Almost no prep time, and carrots to boot! No apologies necessary.
Both nights of Rosh Hashanah, we recite the shehechiyanu blessing of thanks for reaching this moment, for experiencing a new or special occasion. On the first night, we say it in celebration of the new year. On the second night, for those who celebrate two days of the holiday, the new year is no longer new per se, but tradition still dictates that we say the blessing.