This ratatouille is no ordinary ratatouille. It gets a major upgrade with the addition of brisket! The results of this recipe are well worth the effort when you taste this melt-in-your-mouth brisket! Savory and soft, the brisket is tender and bursting with flavor. Add this to your menu and everyone will thank you!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Heat two tablespoons of the oil in a large pan with sides over medium-high heat. Sprinkle potato starch on both sides of the meat, shaking off excess, and brown in pan in batches if necessary, until you see crispy parts on the meat, about two to three minutes per side. Remove to a roasting pan.
Reduce heat to medium. Add another two tablespoons oil and the onions to the pan and cook for three minutes, until they start to brown, scraping any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Add another tablespoon of oil and add the eggplant and zucchini, and cook over medium heat, stirring often, for five minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one minute, stirring often.
Add the tomato paste and press into the pan and stir to distribute. Add the thyme, salt and pepper and stir. Cook for one minute. Scoop up half of the vegetables and place into a bowl. Set aside until cooled and then refrigerate. Add the crushed tomatoes and water to the pan and bring to a boil.
Pour the vegetables and sauce on top of the meat. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for one and a half hours.
While the meat is cooking, place the basil, parsley and garlic into a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate.
When the brisket is cooked, remove pan from oven, place meat on a cutting board and slice against the grain into thin slices. Return the slices to the pot. Take the reserved ratatouille and spread on top of the slices. If the pan seems dry, add 1/2 cup boiling water and mix in. Add more pepper if desired. Cover and return to the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bake for another 45 minutes to an hour, until the meat is tender when a fork is inserted. Remove from oven and sprinkle the basil, parsley and garlic mixture on top, pressing the garlic into the tomato sauce.
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