Old-Fashioned Beef Pot Roast

Total Time
2hrs 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

From our local paper. In the original recipe 3 brown onions (roughly chopped) were used but due to allergy issues they have been omitted and also 2 bunches of baby carrots (trimmed) and 3 parsnips and I have added potatoes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C.
  2. Peel and chop vegetables into large bite size pieces.
  3. Heat butter and oil in a big oven proof pot and add meat and brown on all sides.
  4. Remove meat and add garlic, cook till fragrant (if using onion add with garlic and cook for a few minutes) and then add remaining vegetables and bay leaves and cook for a few more minutes.
  5. Add the brandy and cook till evaporated.
  6. Remove the vegetables from the pot and put the meat back and then pile the vegetables on top.
  7. Pour the vinegar and stock over meat and vegetables.
  8. Place the lid on and cook in the oven for 2 - 2 1/2 hours at 160°C.
  9. Carve meat and serve combined with vegetables and juices.
Most Helpful

We loved this. It made a lovely tender, moist but sliceable pot roast. Didn't have parsnips so put in a few more carrots and omitted the brandy. We have hot beef sandwich's, another dinner and a lunch ahead of us from this one roast. YAY :D

Annacia September 30, 2011

Very good recipe. I liked this allot. Parsnips aren't something I've ever used before, but due to this recipe they'll be getting more attention in my kitchen. They were a little hard to find being early spring (took 3 stores) but was very worth the extra effort. The meat was tender, but not falling apart, and very flavorful. Made gravy out of the drippings and stock. was a great compliment to the meal. made for 1-2-3 tag.

chefmick May 09, 2011

It can't get much easier than this recipe Pat. I did have to omit the parsnips as they are not in season here and we are too rural for them to ship in I guess. The only other little change was I subbed apple juice for the brandy. The meat had a different texture than I'm used to (I don't know if it is the way the vinegar reacts to it) but it was still yummy in the end. I love being able to cook the veggies with the meat. Thanks for sharing this in Potluck Tag. :)

HokiesMom August 19, 2010