Jamie Oliver's Brisket from Jamie's Great Britain
Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding.
It was easy, taking only about five minutes (or less) to put together, and I left it simmering on the hob for two and a half hours, to come back to meltingly tender beef, soft, sweet onions and a robust dark gravy. It wasn't quite falling apart - I wanted to slice it - but if you like beef to melt then cook it for 4-5 hours instead.
The cooking liquid gave the outside of the meat a really dark colour and a flavour that wasn't as spicy as I had thought it was going to be. Jamie says to serve this in a sandwich, which is really low effort, but we had ours with chips and vegetables along with the gravy. I decided, while I was tucking in, that if I had a lot of people to feed and I was doing a Sunday lunch, I would make this and have it with roast potatoes, Yorkshire puds and gravy. The brisket was cheap - I picked up an 800g joint of it for just over £5. And it fed four of us, and made three generously-filled sandwiches for packed lunches the next day. You really do get your money's worth with a cut of meat like this.
As for the broth that's made while your beef is cooking, don't waste it. I managed to drain off a mugful and it's in the fridge waiting for me to cook a beef stew with dumplings later in the week. I've had mixed success with recipes from the new Jamie Oliver book (more on that here), but this one ticks all the boxes. For economy, flavour and ease - I'd choose this for Sunday lunch in a flash.