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Midge’s Brisket

One of our favorite new Haggadah’s out this year is Mrs. Maisel’s. Yes, we’re talking about the character from the television series — and just a quick reminder, she’s not a real person, but the fictional main character in the Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

The Haggadah is produced by the venerable Maxwell House, and according to JTA features illustrations and other shtick based on the show about an aspiring Jewish comedian and her extended family of Jewish relatives in late 1950s New York.

The “Maisel” Haggadah is a throwback to an earlier edition of the Haggadah that the company has been offering as a holiday giveaway since 1932. Illustrations of Midge Maisel and other characters are scattered throughout the new version, which also has handwritten notations by Rachel Brosnahan’s character as well as faux wine stains and a recipe card (perforated so you can easily add it to your recipe collection) for Mrs. Maisel’s kosher-for-Passover brisket (see bel0w).

The limited-run Haggadahs are available to those who order Maxwell House coffee via Amazon.

Midge's Brisket

Servings 10


  • 1 beef brisket (5-6 lbs.)
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 TB oil
  • 6 large onions, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 carrot, cut into chunks
  • 3 TB tomato paste


  1. Season the meat with salt and pepper. Pour the oil into a Dutch oven over medium heat. Sear the meat on all sides, turning. Remove the meat and place to a plate.

  2. Brown the onions in the pot, stirring. Return the meat to the pot along with the garlic and carrot. Brush the top of the meat with the tomato paste.

  3. Bake, covered, in a 350ºF oven for 1-1 1/2 hours. Slice the meat across the grain and place the slices back in the pot. If the pot looks dry, add a splash of water.

  4. Cover and bake again, this time at 325ºF, for around 2 hours, till meat yields easily with a fork. Occasionally baste with juices so it doesn't dry out.

3 thoughts on “Midge’s Brisket

  1. Karen A McVay

    I’ve tried this brisket and the onions and carrots burn, the meet too a little. It seems there is not enough moisture.

  2. Stacy

    There’s a better version of “Mrs. Maisle’s” brisket, includes Coca-Cola, cherry tomatoes, more fresh ingredients. Better liquid ratio. More authentic 1950s than this recipe here.


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