Balsamic-Braised Pot Roast

Balsamic-Braised Pot Roast created by Pneuma

Adapted from "How to Cook Meat" by Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby.

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Stir together the wine, vinegar and sugar; set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a heavy Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • While the pan is heating, dry the meat with paper towels.
  • Sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  • Place in the pot and brown well, about 8 minutes per side.
  • Remove from the pan.
  • Turn the heat to medium-low.
  • Put the onions into the pan and sauté until translucent and golden, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic; sauté 1 minute.
  • Stir in the wine mixture.
  • Bring to a boil and continue cooking at a low boil 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the undrained tomatoes, raisins, strips of lemon zest and beef broth.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Put the pot roast back into the pan.
  • Bring the liquid back to a simmer, cover and place on center oven rack of preheated oven.
  • Cook 1 hour.
  • Turn the meat, recover and continue cooking about 1 1/2 hours longer, or until the meat is very tender, offering little resistance when pierced with a fork.
  • While the meat is cooking, put the olives, parsley and grated lemon zest on a cutting surface and chop together finely.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Remove the roast from the oven.
  • Transfer the meat to a cutting surface and cover with a piece of aluminum foil.
  • Degrease the cooking juices.
  • Purée about 1 1/2 cups and pour back into the remaining juices.
  • Add more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Cut the meat across the grain in thin slices.
  • Put into the sauce.
  • Keep warm on low heat.
  • Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain well.
  • Pour into a large serving bowl.
  • Toss with the olive mixture and some of the sauce.
  • Spoon onto serving plates along with the meat.
  • Serve extra sauce to the side.
  • Note: Use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of the lemon zest, removing only the yellow part of the peel.
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"Adapted from "How to Cook Meat" by Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby."
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  1. Sydney Mike
    Absolutely wonderful pot roast! I'm not usually one to make pot roasts, but this was made especially for some company we had & they loved it, as did we! I followed your recipe right on down & everything was just perfect ~ Presentation, taste, everything! Thank you so much for sharing it! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]
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    Balsamic-Braised Pot Roast Created by Pneuma
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    Balsamic-Braised Pot Roast Created by Pneuma
  4. Pneuma
    These are wonderful balsamic pot roast! The taste was not too strong and the addition of lemon was superb. The length of instructions looks daunting but they were easy to follow. I had this with egg noodles and will also try it with orzo pasta. Thanks for posting!
  5. momaphet
    This pot roast was delicious and simple to make. The smell while it was cooking was heavenly! I followed the recipe pretty closely. I omitted the olives, and because my roast was 3 1/2 lbs, increased the ingredients proportionately . I cooked my roast almost 3 hours. I didn't puree for gravy, but added some flour/water mix to make it slightly thickend. The sauce was wonderful over the meat and mashed potatoes. One caution the flavor if very piquant, and might be bothersome to anyone who has problems with acidic foods. One suggestion might be to put the lemon zest strips in cheese cloth, I kept finding them with the onions and they were a little too tangy that way. I also skipped the garnish. I've already shared this recipe with a friend who is making it for guests later this week! A definite keeper!!
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