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Beef Brisket Braised with Dried Fruit, Yams and Carrots

3 tb Vegetable oil
3 md Onions; chopped
4 lg Garlic cloves; chopped
1 ts Paprika
1/2 ts Ground allspice
1/4 ts Dried crushed red pepper 3 1/2 c Chicken stock or canned broth
1 1/2 c Dry red wine
3 Bay leaves
1 4 pound boneless first-cut beef brisket
1 6 ounce pack dried apricots
1 1/2 c Pitted prunes
3 lb Yams; peeled, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
6 lg Carrots; peeled, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
Minced fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 325F. Heat oil in heavy large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until beginning to brown, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon paprika, allspice and crushed red pepper and stir 20 seconds. Add chicken stock, wine and bay leaves. Boil 10 minutes to blend flavors.

Sprinkle brisket with paprika and rub in. Add brisket to pot, fat side up. Add dried apricots and pitted prunes. Cover and bake 1 1/2 hours.

Add yams and carrots to pot. Cover and cook until brisket is very tender, about 2 1/2 hours longer. Remove from oven and let stand 20 minutes. Remove brisket from pot and slice thinly across grain. Arrange on platter. Degrease pan juices. Spoon pan juices over meat. Arrange fruit and vegetables around meat. Garnish with minced fresh parsley and serve. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate before slicing meat. To serve, remove meat from pot and slice thinly across grain. Remove any solid fat from sauce. Return sliced meat to pot. Place pot in 325F oven and bake until brisket is heated through, about 30 minutes.)

Serves 8.

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