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Sunday Pot Roast
3 T. unsalted butter
1 1/2 C. chopped onion
1 C. carrots chopped
1/4 C. vegetable oil
5 lbs. beef roast (chuck, rump or bottom round)
2 cloves garlic - cut into slivers
2 tomatoes chopped
bouquet garni - leeks, bay leaf, celery stalk, sprig thyme or 1 t. dried thyme
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a casserole large enough to hold the meat,
heat the butter. When foaming subsides, add the onions and carrots and saute for
about 10 minutes or until they take on some color. With a slotted spoon remove
them and reserve for later.
Add the oil to the casserole and heat over high heat. Add the beef and brown the
meat on all sides; this should take about 15 minutes to get a deep golden color.
Return the vegetables to the casserole, stuffing them underneath the meat. Add
the garlic, tomatoes, bouquet garni. Heat the casserole until you hear it
sizzle, drape the casserole tightly with aluminum foil, cover the casserole
tightly and place it in the lower third of the oven.
Cook for 1 hour, turn the meat over, lower the heat to 325 and continue to cook
until the beef is tender, another 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Remove the meat to the
platter. Strain cooking juices into a saucepan, pressing down hard on the
vegetables to extract their liquid. Let liquid settle for a minute, then skim
off the surface fat. Heat the liquid and reduce slightly; adjust seasonings.
Slice the roast and spoon the gravy over the top. Serve with braised carrots and
parslied potatoes (make extra for cold potato and beef salad the next day).
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