Friday, February 6, 2009

Beef Pot Roast

I have been cooking, I swear. It's just that when in a time crunch, I go to old standbys that I've already posted or aren't post-worthy. The desire to slow things down was my motivation for today's post. It's possibly the slowest cooking dish I've ever made. It went in at 10:30pm, before I went to bed and came out around 7:00am before R left for work. I know it's a bit strange to cook something over night. But without a slow cooker (this is not a hint Giz, I still don't have space for one), I had to cook it in the oven and didn't want to leave the oven on all day while no one was at home.

This recipe is my submission for our Tried, Tested and True 3: Wedding Edition event. Don't forget the deadline is Friday, February 20th!

After reading Julia's (from Grow. Cook. Eat.) excellent advice regarding the importance of resilient food when cooking for a larger group, I thought this recipe would be a good option for this event. Plus, how can you go wrong with slow roasted beef?

Beef Pot Roast
Omnivore's Ottawa

There isn't a specific recipe for this dish, but here is what Ron Eade
recommends (with my pictures throughout):

My sure-fire method is to brown the roast very well on all sides, either using a cast-iron Dutch oven on the stovetop, or incinerating the exterior on an outdoor gas grill (keeps the mess and smoke out of the house). Remember: It must be browned well before pot roasting, otherwise you'll get an anaemic, grey-looking meal with little character.

Before browning:

After browning:

Note: anticipate a lot of smoke. I had both of my smoke detectors going off.

After browning the pot roast well, toss it in a slow cooker with one chopped onion, a chopped carrot, two ribs of chopped celery, one-half bottle of dry red wine, a generous tablespoon of thyme, at least four cloves of minced garlic, and one bay leaf.

Then, add low-sodium beef broth to almost cover. Smack the lid on, set the heat to Low (or in the oven at around 225) and go away for 10 hours. Do not add salt, as the "low-sodium" broth is salty enough.

The roast will be perfect upon your return. Simply remove it from the slow cooker, cover with foil and set inside a 175°F oven to keep warm. For gravy, strain out and discard solids from the liquid, then boil it to reduce volume by at least half or two-thirds (taste to see if it's concentrated enough), then make gravy as usual.

Delicious! Plus, lots of left overs!

Speaking of the awesomeness that is Julia, check out what she sent me this week. We were talking about vanilla and next thing I know, she's sending me some of my very own Tahitian Vanilla Beans! It smells amazing. I can't wait to use some in a recipe.

Thanks Julia!



Bunny said...

I don't make roast beef in the oven anymore, it's always done in the crockpot. You can't beat it for making the roast so tender you can cut it with a fork!

Julia said...

Overnight in the oven? I don't think a recipe could be more resilient than that! And yours looks great.

Can't wait to hear what you make with the vanilla!

Dewi said...

Delicious pot roast. I can imagine how succulent this meat is after cook for long hours.

glamah16 said...

Giz get your daughter a slow cooker! This has to be one of my favorite meals.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This would be a tender as well as tasty addition to your wedding reception Pyschgrad:D

Hopie said...

That looks perfect for a wedding reception, especially since it can be prepared well in advance!

kat said...

It must be the time of year, I posted pot roast today too. I used the crock pot though

That Girl said...

I definitely think that the crock pot was made for pot roast.

grace said...

yes, there's nothing quite like the calming sounds of a smoke detector to aid in one's cooking... :)

Lori Lynn said...

If I cooked it in the oven overnight, I would surely have pot roast for breakfast. why not?
YAY for your upcoming nuptials!

Anonymous said...

We always have a ton of roast in the freezer to use. That looks quite delicious!
I'm very excited for you about your upcoming nuptials :)

Jeanne said...

What a gorgeous piece of meat. For some reason I never realyl cook with beef other than mince or brisket or steak - time to change that :)

test it comm said...

Nice looking pot roast! I like to make pot roasts for all of the left overs.

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