Pioneer Woman's Perfect Pot Roast
Easy Family Meal
"Pot roast isn't difficult, it just takes time. The main reason some folks don't think they can make a good pot roast is that they haven't cooked them long enough. It takes at least three hours -- sometimes more, if the roast is larger -- for the tough connective tissues to dissolve and become tender and soft."
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Preheat the oven to 275°F.
Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and let it get really hot. While it heats, prepare the other ingredients.
Generously salt the chuck roast on both sides. I like kosher salt because it adheres more readily to the meat.
Cut a couple of onions in half from root to tip, then cut off the tops and bottoms and peel off the papery skin. When the pot is very hot, place the onions in the oil and brown on both sides, about a minute per side. Remove the onions to a plate.
Next, thoroughly wash -- but don't peel -- the carrots. Cut them roughly into 2-inch slices. Throw the carrots into the same (very hot) pot. Toss them around until slightly brown, about a minute or so. The point here is to get a nice color started on the outside of the vegetables, not to cook them.
Remove the carrots from the pot and allow the pot to get really hot again. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan. Place the meat in the pot and sear it, about a minute per side. Remove to a plate.
Now, with the burner on high, deglaze the pot by adding 1 cup of the beef stock, whisking constantly. The point of deglazing is to loosen all the burned, flavorful bits from the bottom of the pot.
When most of the bits are loosened, place the meat back in the pot, followed by the carrots and onions. Pour enough beef stock into the pot to cover the meat halfway.
Next put in the fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs. The fresh herbs absolutely make this dish. Tuck them into the juice to ensure that the flavors are distributed throughout the pot.
Now, just cover the pot and roast for 3 to 5 hours, depending on the size of your roast. For a 3-pound roast, allow for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. For a 5-pound roast, allow for a 4 to 5 hour cooking time. Don't disrupt the roast during the cooking process.
When the cooking time is over, check the roast for doneness; a fork should go in easily and the meat should be very tender. Remove the meat to a cutting board and slice against the grain.
Serve with vegetables and creamy rosemary mashed potatoes or other potatoes, and of course spoon plenty of pan juices over the top!
-"Good Morning America" food dishes styled by Karen Pickus.