3 hrs 40 mins
I have divided this recipe in half for a 3-4 pound roast but, as written here, this delicious pot roast serves 15-20 people. Perfect because it's best when made 1-2 days before serving. It will pick up additional flavor from sitting in its braising juices, will slice more neatly because the meat fibers will have compacted as they cool and will hold together nicely when reheated. Great tasting pot roast for 6 or 20. Prep and cook times include reheating.
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- 10 -12 lbs trimmed whole bottom round beef roast
- vegetable oil
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 4 cups beef stock, about
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 carrots, roughly chopped
- 2 large onions, roughly chopped
- 1 large celery rib, roughly chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, unpeeled
- 1 large bouquet garni, tied in cheesecloth (10 parsley stems,4 bay leaves,1 tsp thyme, 6 allspice berries)
- 1 bottle healthy young wine, zinfandel,chianti or of like quality
- 1Tie roast firmly with string; brush all sides with oil and set on a jelly roll pan; brown slowly on all sides under the broiler; watch closely and do not burn.
- 2In a heavy saucepan, stir 5 T oil with the flour; continue stirring over moderate heat until roux turns a dark nutty brown,about 10 minutes, do not burn;remove from heat, let cool a bit and stir in beef stock; set aside.
- 3Preheat the oven to 350°; using 2 tsp (less if using salted bouillon), salt the meat on all sides and set fat side up in a large, covered roaster or roasting pan with 3"-4" high sides.
- 4Place the vegetables, garlic and herb bouquet around the roast and pour in the wine and stock/roux mixture; add more stock if necessary to come almost halfway up the meat.
- 5Bring to a simmer on top of the stove; cover (use aluminum foil if necessary) and set in the lower third of the oven; bake 1/2 hour or until sauce is bubbling quietly; baste with the gravy and turn heat down to 325°.
- 6The gravy should continue bubbling gently throughout the cooking so regulate oven accordingly; baste and check every 1/2 hour for another 2 hours; begin testing for doneness with a meat thermometer; remove pan from oven.
- 7Allow roast to rest 1/2 hour, basting every 10 minutes and turning it several times; remove roast from pan; sieve contents of roaster into a saucepan and squeeze juices out of the braised vegetables into the saucepan.
- 8Simmer liquid and skim fat from its surface for 1/2 hour; simmer down until the sauce coats a spoon as it will the meat; taste for seasoning and strength; if necessary thin with more stock or thicken with 2T or more of potato flour or cornstarch stirred into several spoons of stock or wine, simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- 9(Roast may be carved and served at this point but is better if cooked several hours or a day in advance).
- 10If not serving immediately, pour the sauce around the meat, cover with foil and refrigerate; the roast may be reheated whole or sliced and sauced.
- 11To reheat whole, cover the meat closely and place in a 300° oven or simmer it over very low heat on top of the stove, turning it every 15 minutes until internal temperature is 120°, about 30-40 minutes; just before serving, cut and discard the trussing string.
- 12To reheat sliced and sauced, return the sliced beef and sauce to the roaster or a large baking pan; cover; baste with the sauce every 10 minutes and warm through slowly in a 300° oven.
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Nutritional Facts for Braised Pot Roast of Beef
Serving Size: 1 (75 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 15
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 658.3
- Calories from Fat 367
- Total Fat 40.8 g
- Saturated Fat 15.8 g
- Cholesterol 193.5 mg
- Sodium 694.7 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 5.6 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
- Sugars 1.3 g
- Protein 62.5 g
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bottom round beef roast