Horseradish-Glazed Brisket and Short Ribs with Root Vegetable Mash

The picture definitely doesn’t look as good as it tastes… but trust me. This is a real crowd pleaser. Something about tender and moist beef with soft mushy connective tissue that makes you feel like you’re eating hearty and rustic food. None of this modern 99% fat free or “lean white meat only” types of dishes.

I have made this recipe a few times now, and I highly recommend using a combination of short ribs, chuck roast, and brisket. The short ribs, hands down, give the most flavor to the stock used for the vegetable mash, but the brisket will definitely be a bit dryer and leaner than the short ribs. The chuck roast is a middle ground for either.

Another modification to this recipe, is that I cooked all me meat in a pressure cooker. Yes yes, braising is an art form and does wonder to the meat, but I honestly don’t have 5 hours to let something simmer on my stove. I feel like the pressure cooker did a fine job, in 1/5 the time! Besides, I have never had anyone say this dish came out sub par.


Horseradish-Glazed Brisket and Short Ribs with Root Vegetable Mash

The brisket and short ribs are simmered, then roasted, which makes the meat tender on the inside and crusty and brown on the outside. The celery root, rutabagas, and potatoes are cooked in the leftover broth from the meats, which results in a wonderfully rich, flavorful mash.

8 servings
Recipe by Molly Stevens


  • 1 cup celery leaves
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 Turkish bay leaves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 3 1/2- to 3 3/4-pound flat-cut beef brisket
  • 2 pounds bone-in beef short ribs (about 6 medium)
  • 1 medium onion, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
  • 4 cups 1- to 1 1/2-inch cubes peeled celery root (celeriac; about 1 large)
  • 4 cups 3/4-inch cubes peeled trimmed rutabaga (about 2 large)
  • 2 1/2 cups 1 1/2-inch cubes peeled Yukon Gold potatoes (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons prepared white horseradish
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar

Special Equipment



  • Stack three 8-inch squares cheesecloth on work surface. Place celery leaves and next 5 ingredients in center of square. Gather up edges of cheesecloth; tie with kitchen string and set packet aside.
  • Place brisket and short ribs in heavy large wide pot. Add enough water to pot to cover meat. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Skim any impurities that rise to surface. Reduce heat to maintain gentle simmer. Add packet, onion, and 1 tablespoon coarse salt. Cover; simmer until meat is fork-tender, about 2 hours for short ribs and 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 hours for brisket. Transfer meats to 15x10x2-inch glass baking dish. Remove and discard bones from short ribs. Remove and discard packet and most of onion from cooking liquid. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool cooking liquid and meats slightly, then chill separately until cold. Cover each; keep chilled.
  • Bring meat cooking liquid to boil; add celery root, rutabaga, and potatoes. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered until vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes. Drain vegetables, reserving 3 cups cooking liquid. Return vegetables to pot and stir over low heat 1 minute to dry. Mash vegetables with potato masher to coarse puree. Mash in butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Rewarm over medium-low heat before serving, adding reserved meat cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls as needed to moisten.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Whisk horseradish, mustard, and sugar in small bowl. Brush 3 tablespoons horseradish sauce over meats in dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast meats until browned and heated through, 35 to 45 minutes. Transfer meats to work surface. Thinly slice across grain. Place on platter. Drizzle 2 cups reserved cooking liquid around. Serve with vegetable mash and horseradish sauce.
Nutritional Information
One serving contains:
Calories (kcal) 587.8
%Calories from Fat 37.7
Fat (g) 24.6
Saturated Fat (g) 11.2
Cholesterol (mg) 109.0
Carbohydrates (g) 28.3
Dietary Fiber (g) 5.2
Total Sugars (g) 11.1
Net Carbs (g) 23.1
Protein (g) 60.8
Sodium (mg) 429.7

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