Red Wine-Braised Chuck Roast
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a skillet, heat the oil. Season the roast with salt and pepper and sear on all sides over moderately high heat; transfer to a roasting pan.
- Add the wine to the skillet and boil for about 3 minutes, scraping up the browned bits. Add the wine, broth and water to the roasting pan and bring to a boil. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, fennel, and bay leaf. Cover and braise in the oven until the fennel is tender, about 1 hour; transfer the fennel to a baking dish and cover.
- Return the roast to the oven; cook until the roast is tender and an instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 180 degrees, about 1 hour longer.
- Discard the onion and bay leaf. Transfer roast and carrots to the baking dish with the fennel. Cover and keep warm in the oven. Strain the cooking liquid into a saucepan, pressing to mash the garlic. Boil until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer the roast to a carving board and remove the strings. Cut into 4 thick slices and transfer to plates with the carrots and fennel. Pass the sauce at the table.