Today I’m sharing one of the dishes I grew up eating, a staple of the Chilean cuisine: Chilean Plateada or Oven-Roasted Beef Brisket. Plateada is a beef cut that doesn’t exist in the USA. The closest is a boneless short rib, but I decided to use brisket, a lot more easy to find at the supermarket.
The Plateada was one of my grand mother’s star dishes. I remember perfectly well how she always kept a watchful eye to make sure the basin with water placed in the oven didn’t dry, so to maintain a moist environment and obtain a juicy brisket. She used an open baking dish, I use a cast iron pot with a lid, so I trap the moisture inside the pot. Comforts of modern life and big ovens.
The Plateada in my family was a weekend lunch, usually accompanied by spicy mashed potatoes or boiled potatoes and assorted salads: Chilean salad: tomato and onions, cabbage and olives, avocado and celery and carrots with raisins. And of course excellent red wine. I think there is nothing better than those at ease lunches that they stretch and linger where you just end up dusting the tablecloth to serve dinner.
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Oven-Roasted Beef Brisket, Chilean Plateada
- 4 pounds of brisket or boneless short rib
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons vinegar, I used apple
- 4 sprigs of fresh thyme or Mexican oregano, 1 tablespoon of dried thyme or dried Mexican oregano
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- salt and pepper
- 4 tablespoons oil
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 cup of water
- In a bowl mix the minced garlic, 1/2 cup of oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and thyme. Add the meat and rub with the seasoning. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.
- Heat oven to 300F or 150C.
- Remove meat and reserve the marinade.
- In a large pot, heat four tablespoons oil over medium heat. Brown the meat on both sides, about 5-8 minutes per side.
- Add onion and water and the marinade juices, simmer for 10 minutes.
- Continue cooking in the oven for 2 hours and a half to 3 hours. Do not uncover, because the steam is essential so that the meat stays tender. Cook until the meat can be separated with a fork.
- Or skip the oven and cook in the pressure cooker for 25-30 minutes until the meat is tender.
- Let the meat stand covered 20 minutes before slicing and serving.