Friday, March 13, 2009

Company Pot Roast

This recipe for company pot roast is from Ina's newest cookbook, Back to Basics. The recipe is a little different than most pot roast recipes I have seen, in that at the end you puree half of the vegetables and liquid and add it back to the gravy. The flavors of this dish reminded me more of a beef burgandy than a traditional pot roast. Overall, this was a good dish and definitely a good dish for a cold day or a casual get together. So now I have a good Italian style pot roast recipe and this French recipe, but still no tried and true old fashioned American style pot roast recipe!

Company Pot Roast

  • 1 (4 to 5-pound) prime boneless beef chuck roast, tied
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • All-purpose flour
  • Good olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped carrots (4 carrots)
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
  • 2 cups chopped celery (4 stalks)
  • 2 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts (2 to 4 leeks)
  • 5 large garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 2 cups good red wine, such as Burgundy
  • 2 tablespoons Cognac or brandy
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes in puree
  • 1 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 3 branches fresh thyme
  • 2 branches fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Pat the beef dry with a paper towel. Season the roast all over with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper. Dredge the whole roast in flour, including the ends. In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the roast and sear for 4 to 5 minutes, until nicely browned. Turn and sear the other side and then turn and sear the ends. This should take 4 to 5 minutes for each side. Remove the roast to a large plate.

Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the Dutch oven. Add the carrots, onions, celery, leeks, garlic, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper and cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender but not browned. Add the wine and Cognac and bring to a boil. Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, bouillon cube, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Tie the thyme and rosemary together with kitchen string and add to the pot. Put the roast back into the pot, bring to a boil, and cover. Place in the oven for 2 1/2 hours, until the meat is fork tender or about 160 degrees F internally. Turn the heat down to 250 degrees F after about an hour to keep the sauce at a simmer.

Remove the roast to a cutting board. Remove the herb bundle and discard. Skim off as much fat as possible from the sauce. Transfer half the sauce and vegetables to a blender or a food processor fitted with the steel blade and puree until smooth. Pour the puree back into the pot, place on the stovetop over low heat, and return the sauce to a simmer. Place 2 tablespoons flour and the butter in a small bowl and mash them together with a fork. Stir into the sauce and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring until thickened. Taste for seasonings. Remove the strings from the roast, and slice the meat. Serve warm with the sauce spooned over it.

Source: Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, Clarkson Potter, 2008.


My Carolina Kitchen said...

I too made this pot roast after we saw it on Ina's show. It was good but the sauce was heavy with a tomato flavor for us. Yours, I think, turned out better than mine. I love Ina.
When we were on a low fat diet years ago we used yogurt on baked potatoes long before it was fashionable. Our market didn't carry Greek yogurt so we strained our own. Your potato looks great and now we can get Greek yogurt here. Your photo is terrific.

Thanks for this great post. We must have been on the same wave length when we were watching Barefoot Contessa.

smellslikehome said...

great post! i made this a couple of months ago but was too afraid to take photos but yours came out beautiful!! yum for serving it with baked potatoes too!!

Penny said...

I love the idea of puree-ing half of the vegies and then adding them back to the liquid because they thicken the gravy without the need of flour. Haven't tried Greek yogurt yet - Will have to now. Thanks for a great post.