Me: Yum, mmm, this is delicious.
My son: More, please?
My husband: You know, this isn't a recipe, it's a philosophy.
Existential pot roast? Maybe. Delicious pot roast? Certainly! I'm a huge fan of Alton Brown's recipes and various shows. This pot roast recipe has been in our repertoire for a few years now, and it really is our go-to recipe when we're craving comfort food. This time I made it with mashed rutabagas and broccoli. A well-rounded meal for the start of colder weather.
Alton Brown's Pot Roast
- 1 (2-pound) blade cut chuck roast
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- Vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 5 to 6 cloves garlic, smashed
- 1 cup tomato juice
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup cocktail olives, drained and broken
- 1/2 cup dark raisins
Preheat the oven to 190-200 degrees F. Place a wide, heavy skillet or fry pan over high heat for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, rub both sides of meat with the salt and cumin.
When the pan is hot (really hot) brown meat on both sides and remove from pan. Add just enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of the pan then add the onion and garlic. Stir constantly until onion is softened.
Add the tomato juice, vinegar, olives, and raisins. Bring to a boil and reduce the liquid by half. Create a pouch with wide, heavy duty aluminum foil. Place half the reduced liquid/chunk mixture on the foil, add the roast, and then top with the remaining mixture. Close the pouch, and wrap tightly in another complete layer of foil.
Cook for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or until a fork pushes easily into the meat. Remove from oven and rest (still wrapped) for at least 1/2 hour. Snip off 1 corner of the foil pouch and drain the liquid into a bowl or measuring cup. Add some of the "chunkies" and puree with an immersion blender. Slice meat thinly, or pull apart with a fork. Serve with sauce.