Recipe by cookiedog
Ina's done it again! A pot roast to please your whole family and your guests will leave wanting the recipe. It will make your house smell wonderful. Adapted to reduce the salt and pepper by 1 tsp. each from Barefoot Contessa. Make sure to use KOSHER salt or reduce the salt significantly.
Top Review by Michiedishy
I was disappointed with this recipe. Firstly, I think the right cut of beef would have been a brisket. My chuck roast turned out really tough even though I cooked it for less than the time the recipe called for. Second, the sauce just wasn't tasty in my opinion--I really didn't love the flavors. I have had awesome pot roast in the past that my neighbor made--it was so good that I ate the leftovers cold for breakfast. This recipe comes nowhere close in my view.
- 4 -5 lbs boneless beef chuck roast
- kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
- all-purpose flour
- 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 red wine, such as Burgundy
- 2 tablespoons cognac or 2 tablespoons brandy
- 1 (28 ounce) canwhole plum tomatoes in puree
- 1 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade (or use low-sodium broth)
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- 3 branches fresh thyme
- 2 branches fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
Directions See How It's Made
- 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,and bouillon cube. 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.