Braised Roast and Vegetables

pot roast

pot roast

1 beef chuck roast
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, or a low-fat, high smoke point oil
1 or 2 medium onions
1 cup red wine Preferable Cabernet Sauvignon,
4 cups beef stock (not broth)

For the roast, figure about 1/4 pound per person. Make sure there is plenty of marbling in the roast this will help not only with the taste but with making it tender.

For the potatoes, 1 medium-sized baking potato per person plus “one for the pot”. Adjust this appropriately if you use smaller red potatoes. Similarly, for the carrots, 1 large carrot plus one for the pot (do *not* use baby carrots). Adjust these amounts based on your preferences.

Quarter potatoes, carrots, and onions

Heat pan on medium with vegetable oil.

Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper generously on both sides. Place roast in heavy pan or cast iron dutch oven. Sear both sides of steak. Add onions and let sweat till softened. Deglaze pan with red Wine.

Turn pan to low simmer and add 2 cups beef stock. Cover and cook for two hours. Cooking time may vary I like to play this by touch and feel of the roast. If the roast is tough then this could take longer. When it is falling apart at the lightest of touches then it is finished.

Do not let liquid run out keep adding beef stock when it gets low. After the 4 cups of stock have been added if you need more liquid use water.

Once the roast is tender layer the potatoes and carrots on top. Cook for 30 minutes longer till they are tender to the touch.

Take roast and Vegetables out of pan. Use liquid as sauce. If the sauce is to runny place back on stove on low to medium heat. Make a corn starch slurry and thicken sauce.

pot roast


Corn starch slurry
Using a wire whisk or a fork, mix cornstarch and water until thoroughly mixed. Always stir mixture again just before using because the starch settles.

3 tablespoons hot Water
1 tablespoon Cornstarch

1 tablespoons hot Water
1 tablespoon Cornstarch

There you have it pot Roast made by Alicia so easy people from really long ago can do it, and probably did.


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