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Nov 26, 2009

FOODIE FRIDAY - MONTREAL SMOKED MEAT

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When I was out on Wednesday shopping for Christmas decorations with one of my coffee group buddies I took him (well actually he bought) to a tiny little hole in the wall restaurant called Estrella's. It is in a town called Langley. 

Their specialty is Montreal style smoked meat sandwiches. Now we may not be in Montreal but they know what they are doing. Oooh la la. Montreal smoked meat refers to only one thing...beef brisket but that isn't the only thing they cook there. You can get paninis, burgers, soups. One of the best things you can get with your meal is the crisp dill pickle. 

(picture from http://estrellasdeli.com/index.html)
The other thing you might want from Estrella's is to buy a whole brisket to take home and cook. Now this isn't cheap but the slab of meat will go a long way. I paid $85 (Canadian) for mine. 
I will cook it according to their instructions then slice it up with my giant meat slicer. From there a good portion of it will go into my freezer in vacuum sealed bags. On Boxing Day (December 26th, a statutory holiday in Canada) we hold an open house party from around 1:00 pm until whenever and I will serve it on little rounds of rye bread with a bit of spicy Dijon mustard. 


I placed the brisket on a rack in a large roasting pan. Pour in water up to but not touching the brisket. Cover the pan tightly and put it on the bottom rack of the oven and allow it to simmer and steam the meat for a couple of hours. 


The thickest part will cook the fastest because it is the more marbled part of the meat. You will want to test the the thinner, more lean part with a fork. It will be sooooo tender when it is done. If you over cook it then it will fall apart but still be amazing. That would be good in a smoked meat hash for breakfast. 

Are you drooling yet? Of course you are. You can almost smell it in your house can't you?  
 
Here is just a small portion of the shaved meat. I put some of it between two slices of light rye bread with some hot mustard. It is so good I just hope I have enough left over to serve on December 26th. 
So how does it look to you? Add some sauerkraut, Thousand Island or Russian dressing and a slice of Swiss cheese. Grill it a bit to melt the cheese and you have a delicious Reuben sandwich.


12 comments:

MiMi said...

That looks really good...mouth watering. : )

Maureen said...

How funny! We just made one of Sunday. Hubby brought it back from Montreal. Mmmmm...mmmm.. good! We really have to hunt for good rye with kimmel here - no Jewish delis in this area. You must be thrilled that you have a local place to get it.

Blondewithbrains said...

I love Montreal Smoked Meat!! Especially when its from Ben's in Montreal even though its now closed :(...You have to tell me where Estrella's is, my mother lives part time in Langley so we are usually down that way at least once a year and I want to check it out as I havent had my real Montreal Smoked Meat fix since 2001..

matron said...

I do not think I have ever tasted smoked meat,but it looks and sounds delicious.Reading about it (at lunch time )made me hungry so i raided the fridge for the nearest thing to beef.I could only come up with some corned beef,not a patch on what you had to offer !!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh yum! THis looks delicious! I'd be happy to trade some Thanksgiving leftovers for some brisket! Thanks for your visit to my table this week!

Michelle said...

Yummmy...the brisket sounds so good! But it will taste even better after our 3 days of turkey leftovers!

Joyce said...

I am still full from Thanksgiving yesterday but I eat some brisket for dinner tonight. You know me as I am always ready to sit down and eat:)
Joyce

Mary said...

That brisket is mouth-watering. Once we make it through the turkey, it will move to the top of the list.

A Gracious Home said...

Fantastic looking brisket. I can't wait to try it. Doylene

Doylene Brents said...

So sorry, I posted my comment under the wrong blog. I love your brisket. Doylene

Sue said...

That brisket looks really good, Lori. Your guests must love to come to your open house. Good food and friends!
hugs, Sue

Jeanette said...

YUM! enough said!

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