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Fancy Roast Beef


Growing up, my mama wore us out with roast beef every Sunday. It was always the same: roast, white rice, peas and fried corn. She never varied except to add fried okra when it was in season. Now, I find myself doing the same thing with my family. It’s so easy to pop a roast in the oven while at church, and it’s ready when you arrive home. However, I do change up the side dishes, and I’m always looking for a new roast recipe to try. This is definitely a roast recipe you will want to repeat. The red wine adds such a special flavor to the gravy. Honestly, I could drink it! I think your family will love it too.


Fancy Roast Beef


Ingredients:

1 3-pound beef chuck roast, cut into 1 inch chunks (also works well cooked whole)

Olive oil

2 onions, chopped into large chunks

5 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups red wine

2 cups beef broth

2 cups water

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon sugar

6 carrots, cut into large chunks

1 pound potatoes cut into bite size chunks

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Season the beef chunks with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven, heat about a tablespoon of olive oil. Working in batches, brown the meat on all sides. (Be sure not to crowd the pot and allow a crispy edge to form before turning.) Transfer each batch to a platter and set aside. Add the onions, garlic and vinegar to the Dutch oven. Cook about 5 minutes and be sure to scrape the bottom and sides really good. Add the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add back the roast and sprinkle with flour. Cook for about 2 minutes before adding everything else to the pot except the potatoes and carrots. Bring the pot to a simmer, cover, and place in the oven. Bake for 2 hours. Add in the potatoes and carrots and then cook for 1 more hour. Remove from oven and cool a bit before serving.

This makes a wonderful sauce. I have also left out the carrots and potatoes and served with mashed potatoes or grits. The recipe also works well leaving the roast whole.



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