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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Really Really Really Good Pot Roast

Last week it was in the 80s here in Chicagoland. This week we are barely hitting the 60 degree mark. And you know what that means? It's time to cook Autumnal food!!! Yesterday I made a scrumptious Pot Roast courtesy of Tyler Florence of the Food Network. Tyler Florence is my fav chef when it comes to recipes that are simple yet delish. Rick Bayless is my fav fav chef. Just so we have that all straightened out!

Below is the recipe with my changes. One change is that I omitted the bay leaf the recipe called for because I can't stand bay leaf. It reminds me of pre-natal vitamins. BLEH. And 2 instead of Sea Salt and Ground Pepper, I used Tastefully Simple Seasoned Salt and I slathered that all over the Pot Roast, with great results:


* 1 (3 to 4 pound) piece beef chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat
* Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 can crushed tomatoes
* 1 cup water
* 2 yellow onion, halved
* 2 garlic cloves, chopped
* 1 bunch baby carrots
* 2 celery stalks, sliced
* 1 cup button mushrooms, stems removed and sliced in half
* 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (i used one)
* 4 sprigs fresh thyme

Season all sides of the beef with a fair amount of salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot that has a tight cover; heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over moderately high heat. Brown the meat on all sides, taking the time to get a nice crust on the outside. Pour in the tomatoes and the water. Scatter the vegetables and herbs around the pot roast, season with salt and pepper; and drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Braise for about 3 hours, basting every 30 minutes with the pan juices, until the beef is fork tender.
Slice the pot roast and arrange on platter surrounded by the vegetables. Serve with the pot juices.

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