Monday, November 19, 2012

Beef Pot Roast

Beef Pot Roast
Prepared Nov 12, 2012.
about 3 lbs (1.5 kg) boneless beef chuck, about 1-1/2 inches thick
2 lbs (1.0 kg) yellow onions, cut into eighths through the poles.
1 lb (0.5 kg) carrots, cut on slant
1 large or 2 medium parsnips, cut on slant
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
6 yellow potatoes, peeled, quartered lengthwise
salt and pepper
1 c (225 ml) commercial beef stock
1 to 2 c (225 to 450 ml) dry red wine, as needed to half cover the meat
1/4 c (100 ml) ketchup
2 bay leaves
3 T (50 ml) tomato paste
1 t (5 ml) ground cumin
2 T (15 ml) paprika, divided
5 pepper corns
3 allspice berries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (about 175 C). Trim off excess fat and loose membranes from the meat, season well with salt and pepper, and place in a roaster. Top the meat with the onions, carrots and parsnips, add the seasonings and the liquids to half cover. Roast 90 minutes tightly covered, turning every half-hour, adding water to make up for evaporation. Turn over meat, add the potatoes skin-side down, dusted with paprika and salt, and spoon vegetables and liquid over both. Roast covered for 20 minutes, and then uncovered for 15 minutes more. Let meat cool on a plate 10 minutes before slicing. To serve, separate the roast into its major muscles along the natural seams and cut across the grain. Arrange on a platter with the pan-roasted vegetables. Defat the pan gravy and serve on the side. Serves 6 or more. Dinner rolls to sop the gravy will do nicely on the side.