December 5, 2016

The Best Pot Roast Recipe

 I do not typically post on Monday's, but today, I am joining my friends at The Blended Blog in a recipe hop.  We are sharing some of our best recipes.  One of my favorite meals in the winter is pot roast.   It is so hearty and savory and the perfect cozy meal. I typically make creamy polenta and roasted vegetables to go along with it. 

3⁄4 cup fresh-squeezed, strained orange juice
3 Tbs. minced garlic
1⁄4 cup plus 1 Tbs. tomato paste
1 tsp. dried sage
1 3-1/2-lb. boneless beef chuck roast
2 tsp. kosher salt
10 grinds black pepper
2 Tbs. unsalted butter
1-1⁄2 cups finely chopped Spanish onions
3⁄4 cup finely chopped celery
3⁄4 cup peeled and finely chopped carrots
3⁄4 cup peeled and finely chopped parsnips
1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup red wine, such as Pinot Noir
1 14-oz. can whole peeled tomatoes, with juice
1⁄4 cup low-sodium chicken stock
1 Tbs. honey
4 sprigs fresh rosemary, tied together with kitchen twine

With a wooden spoon, mix together 1⁄4 cup of the orange juice, 2 Tbs. garlic, 1 Tbs. tomato paste, and the sage. Add the meat and coat it all over with the marinade. Sprinkle evenly on all sides with the salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, heat the butter in a 10-inch, heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat. When melted, add the onions, celery, carrots, parsnips, and the remaining 1 Tbs. garlic and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very soft and the vegetables are starting to take on a hint of brown, about 10 minutes.

Stir in the remaining 1⁄4 cup of tomato paste and the flour, and cook until the flour is no longer visible, no more than 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and add the wine. Return the pan to the heat, and raise the heat to high. Stir until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, the remaining 1⁄2 cup orange juice, the stock, honey, and rosemary, and boil for 5 minutes. Use a potato masher to gently crush the tomatoes, and stir the sauce.

Pour the sauce over the meat in the slow cooker, cover, and cook on low until fork-tender, about 10 hours (ideally, turn the meat over halfway through to cook it evenly). Remove and discard the rosemary, then use a large spoon or ladle to skim the fat off the surface of the sauce. Transfer the meat to a cutting board and cut off and discard the kitchen twine. Cut into chunks (the meat will be too tender to slice) and return to the sauce. Spoon the meat and sauce over the polenta.

To adapt a slow-cooker recipe to a conventional oven, follow these guidelines: add more liquid, to accommodate for greater evaporation; bring the dish to a boil over high heat in a Dutch oven, then cover the pot and put in a 350°F oven. Plan on the dish taking roughly half the time to cook in the oven as it would in the slow cooker.

Fine Cooking and Bon Appetit are the two magazines I use regularly for recipes, along with my favorite cookbook.  This is the best cookbook to teach you how to make just about anything - and would make the the perfect Christmas gift for someone that wants to learn how to cook more from scratch.  And, it is only $20!  Also, for chopping all the onions and vegetables, this is my favorite knife - and it is 45% off.

Last, be sure to link to The Blended Blog to see more recipes ideas.

Recipe Credit: Fine Cooking

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  1. A savory pot roast is One of my favorite comfort meals of all time! LOVE your recipe!

  2. This sounds great! I am going to make this!

  3. I love to make pot roast in the slow cooker - and this recipe looks delicious. I'll definitely try it!

  4. My mouth is watering! This sounds so very tasty!

  5. This sounds absolutely delicious!

  6. Sounds pretty easy, and looks pretty yummy!!


  7. Goodness, this sounds so different and so good. I am pinning all over the place and going to make this for dinner Thursday. I love using my crockpot and preparing hearty meals for my Prince. I am sure this will find it's way into my regulation rotation.


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