Pot Roast w/Root Veggies
Adapted from the New York Times
- 3 pound boneless beef chuck roast
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 red onions, quartered
- 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 3 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 rutabaga, peeled and cut into 12 to 16 pieces, about a pound
- 8 cremini mushrooms, halved
- 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 WHOLE head of garlic, top cut off to expose cloves
- ¾ cup tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 sprigs rosemary
- 1 ½ cups red wine, preferably cabernet
- 4 cups beef broth
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Season meat generously with salt & pepper. On stove top, heat oil in a large Dutch oven, or other heavy roasting pan with a lid, over medium-high heat. Sear the meat until a dark crust forms, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove meat to a plate, reduce the heat to medium, and add butter to the pan. Melt the butter, add the whole head of garlic along with vegetables, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the pot until the vegetables start to color, 8 to 10 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring frequently, until it darkens slightly, about 5 minutes. Add bay leaves & rosemary along with the wine, and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced to a thick gravy consistency, 5 to 7 minutes. Return meat to the pot, add the broth, then cover, and transfer to the oven. Cook until meat is fork tender, checking after about 2 and a half hours. Discard bay leaves and rosemary stems. Squeeze any garlic cloves remaining in their skins into the stew and discard the skins.
- When cooked the full length of time, the veggies do become soft. If you prefer them not so soft, you can brown them them up and add them later in the cooking process, maybe an hour or so before it’s ready.
- This can also be cooked in a slow cooker. On the stove top, sear meat in pan. Transfer to the slow cooker, and using the same pan, follow all instructions through reducing the gravy. Add back into slow cooker with the meat and cook on low setting for 5-6 hours or until fork tender.
- As an alternative to the stove top, the meat can also be browned in a 450° oven for about 7 minutes each side.
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