Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Beef Pot Roast

All those times I said Hubby was the worst gift giver EVER! - I take it back, he definitely redeemed himself this year by surprising me with the BEST birthday present.  He bought me a Dutch Oven, this has been something that I have wanted for as long as I can remember.  And, not only did he get me a Dutch Oven, but the Hubby who loves to cook (and I'm sure is also excited to get his hands on this purchase too) bought me a purple (my favorite color) Dutch Oven.  I know he would have been happier with a boring neutral but nope - he went with purple!  I could not wait to use it so I figured I would start off by preparing the recipe that came with the gift.  It is a recipe from the Food Network and it is for "Sunday Beef Pot Roast."  It was fabulous!  The perfect comfort food for the major drop in temperature we had the other day.  Every time Sweet Girl took a bite of food I heard little "mmm"'s coming from her direction.  I was a happy mommy last night.  I'm thinking leftovers tonight!  Enjoy!!

recipe from food network
What you need:
8 sprigs each, fresh parsley and fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
1 (4lb) boneless beef chuck roast
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 medium onions, sliced
6 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1 cup of red wine
1 (15 ounce) can of tomatoes (I used diced)
4 carrots, cut into chunks
2 celery ribs, quartered
1 1/2 lbs medium red potatoes, quartered

What you do:
Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Tie together your herbs with a piece of kitchen string.
In a large Dutch oven heat oil over med-high heat.  Spread the flour on to a plate and season your beef with s & p, then roll the meat in the flour and shake off excess.  Sear the meat uncovered, be sure to sear all the sides until well browned, 10-12 minutes.  Transfer to a plate.

Add the onions and garlic and cook until browned, about 5 minutes stirring often.  Add wine and boil until syrupy, about 3 minutes.  Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits from the pot.  Add tomatoes (if whole, be sure to crush as you add them) season with s & p. 

Nestle beef into the tomato and onions; add enough water to cover meat 3/4 of the way.  Tuck your herb bundle into the pan as well.  Cover and bring to a simmer.  Transfer to preheated oven and cook until meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.

After an hour and a half scatter the remaining vegetables around the meat and put back in oven, cook uncovered until the beef and vegetables are tender about 40 minutes.

Before serving remove the meat and tent with foil for about 10 minutes.

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  1. yay for the husband for getting gift giving right this year! I still don't own a dutch oven but totally want one. That stew sounds like a winner!

  2. I ruined the first pot roast I ever made... and have not been brave enough to try again. This looks so good, though... maybe it's time. :) Congrats on your purple dutch oven, you will love using it. I have a red one and I use it for everything!

  3. Oh I so want one of those. I cannot wait to try out your deliciuos recipe! Great gift. Come visit. We have a terrific vegetable soup today.

  4. Nothing better than a pot roast with veggies on a cold winter night! Glad hubby gave you a fun new purple dutch oven. You will love it for years!
    It is so much easier to cook good food when one has the right equipment. Enjoy!

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  6. Hi Danielle,
    I love my dutch oven and there is nothing better in the dutch oven than the Pot Roast. Your Pot Roast looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. That sounds so wonderful, I would love a good pot roast (preferably one I didn't have to cook!). The dutch ovens intrigue me, I've had several friends get them for Christmas.

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Food on Momtrends.com!

  8. Delicious pot roast! Thank you for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your incredible ideas. -The Sisters

  9. G'day! Reminds me of childhood!
    Thanks for sharing at this week's Foodie Friends Friday Foods We Loved from Childhood Party
    Cheers! Joanne


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