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- 3 to 4 pounds beef chuck roast
- 2 cups flour
- Bouquet garni of fresh thyme, rosemary, bay leaf and parsley
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 cup tomato puree
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 4 cups beef stock
- 3 yellow onions, sliced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 medium leek, white and light green part diced
- 2 ribs celery, diced
- 1/2 cup fennel, chopped
- 2/3 cup rutabaga, chopped
Quintessential Comfort Food
Nothing says comfort food like a perfectly tender pot roast with a pile of mashed potatoes. It’s a staple in my fall/winter cooking repertoire, and once you’ve tried it, I’m convinced it’ll become a regular meal at your house too. Browning the beef is what develops the wonderfully rich, deep flavors in this recipe, so be sure not to rush this process.
Total Time: About 4 hours
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Heat a large oven-proof roasting pan over medium heat on the stove. Add the olive oil.
Season the beef with salt and ground black pepper. Place the flour in a large plastic bag. Dredge the roast in the bag of flour, shaking it free of any excess flour. Discard the extra flour.
Brown the beef in the oil, about 5 minutes per side. Remove meat from pan and set aside.
Add the onions, garlic and bouquet garni of herbs to the roasting pan, cooking and stirring until nicely colored to a light brown, about 10 minutes.
Add stock and tomato. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Add the meat back to the pan. The top of the roast should ‘crown’ out of the braising liquid.
Place a 5-inch square of foil on top of the exposed meat.
Place roasting pan in a 300-degree oven, covered for 3 hours.
Meanwhile, place the butter in a large sauté pan over high heat. When foaming add the carrot, fennel, leek, celery and rutabaga and sauté for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
After the meat has been cooking for 2 hours, add the vegetables to the roasting pan.
Test the pot roast for tenderness after the last hour of cooking; a fork should turn easily in the roast (you may need to cook longer than 3 hours depending on the size of your roast).
Place the roasting pan on the stove top. With a slotted spoon, reserve the meat and vegetables to a serving bowl. Bring the liquids to a simmer and reduce by about half. Pour the reduced liquids over the meat and vegetables and serve.
Photograph by Madeleine Hill.
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