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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

company pot roast


about a month ago, i signed up to participate in a cookbook review through
the facebook fans voted on which cookbook they would like to review
& it was a tie between:


now, you all know the love i have for the bfc!
i immediately chose to review the
company pot roast...
& boy, am i glad i did!

company pot roast

1 (4-6 lb.) prime boneless beef chuck roast, tied
kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
all-purpose flour
good olive oil
2 C chopped carrots (4 carrots)
2 C chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
2 C chopped celery (4 stalks)
2 C chopped leeks, white & light green parts (2-4 leeks)
5 lg garlic cloves, peeled & crushed
2 C good red wine, such as burgundy
2 Tbs cognac or brandy
1 (28 oz) can whole plum tomatoes in puree
1 C chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 chicken bouillon cube
3 branches fresh thyme
2 branches fresh rosemary
1 Tbs unsalted butter, at room temperature

1. preheat the oven to 325 f.

2. pat the beef dry with a paper towel. season the roast all over with 1 Tbs salt & 1 1/2 tsp pepper. dredge the whole roast in flour, including the ends.

3. in a large dutch oven, heat 2 Tbs olive oil over medium heat. add the roast & sear for 4-5 minutes, until nicely browned. turn & sear the other side & then turn & sear the ends. this should take 4-5 minutes for each side. remove the roast to a large plate.

4. add 2 Tbs olive oil to the dutch oven. add the carrots, onions, celery, leeks, garlic, 1 Tbs salt & 1 1/2 tsp pepper & cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender but not browned. add the wine & cognac & bring to a boil. add the tomatoes, chicken stock, bouillon cube, 2 tsp salt & 1 tsp pepper. tie the thyme & rosemary together with kitchen string & add to the pot. put the roast back into the pot, bring to a boil, & cover.

5. place in the oven for 2 1/2 hours, until the meat is for tender or about 160 f internally. turn the heat down to 250 f after about an hour to keep the sauce at a simmer.

6. remove the roast to a cutting board. remove the herb bundle & discard. skim off as much fat as possible from the sauce. transfer half the sauce & vegetables to a blender or a food processor fitted with the steel blade & puree until smooth. pour the puree back into the pot, place on the stovetop over low heat, & return the sauce to a simmer. place 2 Tbs flour & the butter in a small bowl & mash them together with a fork. stir into the sauce & simmer for 2 minutes, stirring until thickened. taste for seasonings.

7. remove the strings from the roast, & slice the meat. serve warm with the sauce spooned over it.

the company pot roast is outta' this world!
the flavors are so rich & inviting...
it's a classic, homestyle favorite, but really is fit for serving to company.

it's definitely a keeper!

here are the minor changes i made & would make in the future:

white onions instead of yellow
didn't add leeks
added 6 sliced baby portabella mushrooms
used fresh minced garlic instead of crushed
the red wine was a cabernet sauvignon
brandy instead of cognac
2 (14.5 oz) cans of diced tomatoes instead of 1 (28 oz) can of whole plum tomatoes in puree
chicken stock was store-bought
no bouillon cube

the recipe says to skim the fat at the end, but with all of the vegetables, i found it near impossible, thus making the sauce a little bit oily. next time, i won't add any more oil to the pan after cooking the meat. there was plenty left over to cook the vegetables.

there was a lot of salt... definitely season the meat & the vegetables, but that additional 2 tsp of salt you put in with the cognac can be left out until you taste for seasoning at the end.


overall, this was an amazing meal.
i made traditional mashed potatoes to go with it...
& can't wait to make it again & serve to guests!

thanks to it's a keeper for this wonderful idea & opportunity!
i can't wait to read all of the reviews!

& there's just a couple more days to enter the giveaway!
the new foodnetwork magazine cookbook
& a $25 giftcard!

until next time,


  1. Looks great!

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  2. WOW, Kristin! This looks fab! I am definitely going to be making this in the near future!

    Thanks so much for sharing on It's a Keeper's cookbook review!

    Christina @ It's a Keeper

  3. I absolutely love Ina and her Back to Basics cookbook! It's a favorite in my kitchen. You did a beautiful job with the pot roast--it looks delish:)

  4. You know Kristin, there is nothing like a good Pot Roast and your recipe looks awesome. I can almost smell it cooking. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again next week!