Beef, Holiday

Slow-Roasted Pot Roast with Rich Gravy

As the aroma of slow-roasting beef wafts through the kitchen, memories of family gatherings and comforting Sunday dinners come flooding back. There’s something undeniably special about a perfectly prepared pot roast—the way it transforms simple ingredients into a symphony of flavors and textures that dance on the taste buds. In this culinary journey, we’ll unravel the secrets behind crafting the perfect pot roast, inviting you to savor not just a meal but a tradition.

Picture this: succulent chunks of beef, infused with the earthy notes of fresh thyme, nestled among buttery potatoes, sweet onions, and carrots—all bathed in a velvety gravy that whispers promises of warmth and nostalgia. The pot roast isn’t just a dish; it’s a celebration of togetherness, a culinary masterpiece that effortlessly marries simplicity with sophistication. Whether you’re hosting a festive feast or craving a comforting weeknight dinner, this pot roast is your ticket to a gastronomic journey that transcends time.

Ingredients:

  • 3-5 pounds Boneless Chuck Roast or Chuck Shoulder
  • 5-6 Potatoes
  • 3 Large Onions
  • 2-3 Carrots
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Butter
  • 3-4 cups Beef Broth or Stock
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Step-by-Step Guide:

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel and quarter the potatoes. Peel and chop the onions. Peel and slice the carrots into inch-thick pieces. Strip thyme leaves from the stems.

Trim excess fat from the chuck roast, cutting off any large pieces.

In a bowl, mix salt, pepper, and a generous amount of chili powder. Rub the spice mixture over the chuck roast, ensuring an even coating.

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions, celery, and carrots. Mix with olive oil and seasoning.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a bit of olive oil, then sear the chuck roast on all sides until browned. Place the chuck roast in a roasting pan or Dutch oven. Sprinkle thyme over the roast and vegetables. Pour beef broth over the roast and vegetables.

Cover the roasting pan or Dutch oven and place it in the preheated oven. Roast for 5 hours, or until the chuck roast is tender and shreds easily. Once cooked, remove the chuck roast and vegetables from the pan.

Strain the liquid from the pan into a saucepan. In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch with cold water to create a slurry. Add the slurry to the strained liquid and bring it to a simmer, stirring constantly until thickened.

Shred the chuck roast using two forks. Add the shredded meat back into the thickened gravy, mixing well. Plate the pot roast with a generous helping of vegetables. Enjoy!

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • Adjust the roasting time based on the size of your chuck roast.
  • Experiment with additional herbs and spices for a personalized touch.
  • Reserve some gravy for individual servings to enhance the flavor.

Variations:

  1. Herb Infusion: Add rosemary and garlic for an aromatic twist.
  2. Wine Lover’s Delight: Include red wine in the broth for a sophisticated flavor.
  3. Root Vegetable Mix: Incorporate turnips and parsnips for a hearty veggie mix.

What to Serve It With:

  1. Mashed Potatoes
  2. Buttered Green Beans
  3. Crusty Bread
  4. Creamy Polenta
  5. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  6. Garlic Bread
  7. Steamed Asparagus
  8. Rice Pilaf
  9. Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  10. Side Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Storage Tips:

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Reheat in the oven or on the stovetop for best results.

Family Gatherings and Advanced Preparation:

  • Plan on 1/2 pound of chuck roast per person for family gatherings.
  • Pot roast can be made a day in advance and reheated to allow flavors to meld.

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Pot Roast with Rich Gravy

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel and quarter the potatoes. Peel and chop the onions. Peel and slice the carrots into inch-thick pieces. Strip thyme leaves from the stems.

  2. Trim excess fat from the chuck roast, cutting off any large pieces.

  3. In a bowl, mix salt, pepper, and a generous amount of chili powder. Rub the spice mixture over the chuck roast, ensuring an even coating. 

  4. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions, celery, and carrots. Sauté until slightly softened. 

  5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a bit of olive oil, then sear the chuck roast on all sides until browned. Place the chuck roast in a roasting pan or Dutch oven. Sprinkle thyme over the roast and vegetables. Pour beef broth over the roast and vegetables.

  6. Cover the roasting pan or Dutch oven and place it in the preheated oven. Roast for 5 hours, or until the chuck roast is tender and shreds easily. Once cooked, remove the chuck roast and vegetables from the pan.

  7. Strain the liquid from the pan into a saucepan. In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch with cold water to create a slurry. Add the slurry to the strained liquid and bring it to a simmer, stirring constantly until thickened.

  8. Shred the chuck roast using two forks. Add the shredded meat back into the thickened gravy, mixing well. Plate the pot roast with a generous helping of vegetables. Enjoy!

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