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Perfect Pot Roast

Perfect Pot Roast
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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

By Andrew Zimmern

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.

Instructions

SERVINGS: 6
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.

 

Like this recipe? You may also enjoy: 

Braised Beef Brisket
Wine-Braised Turkey with Creamy Gravy
Braised Pork Shanks with Miso

 

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