Pot Roast with Rosemary and Garlic - chuck pot roast seasoned with rosemary and garlic and braised until tender.
What can you say about pot roast? Nearly everyone likes it. Especially children. It's easy, fairly inexpensive and even beginner cooks can be successful with a pot roast. It's nearly as homey and comforting as meatloaf and takes lots less prep time.
I was stuck in a rut for a long time making pot roasts in the slow cooker with that overly salty onion soup mix. Everyone I knew made roasts that way and I guess I never questioned it very much.
And however great that recipe is, it usually gives you a too tender, overdone roast that is falling apart. Great for hot roast beef sandwiches but not much else.
So, I set out to make a roast that was well-seasoned and would hold together when sliced. And I think I did pretty well!
This roast is braised in beef stock with rosemary and garlic. You can prep it quickly and then put it in the oven and forget it for a while.
How to Make Pot Roast with Rosemary and Garlic
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Season the Roast
Peel the garlic but leave the cloves whole. Generously season both sides of the roast with salt and pepper.
Sear the Roast on All Sides
Pour just enough oil into a Dutch oven to cover the bottom and heat over medium-high heat. Brown the roast well on both sides. You want to really brown it until it's a dark brown.
I also hold the roast up and brown the edges as well. I think that this extra step really helps hold in the moisture and it just makes your roast look pretty, too.
Remove from the heat. Add the beef stock or broth. If necessary, add enough water to bring the level of liquid halfway up the side of the roast. Add the rosemary and garlic.
Braise in Stock
Cover tightly and place in the preheated oven. I like to use a piece of foil between the pot and the lid to make for a really tight seal. Keeps all the juices inside and very little evaporates.
Please note my pitiful old Dutch oven above. It's pathetic, I know. You'd think after all these years of cooking I'd have bought myself a decent Dutch oven, wouldn't you? Don't worry. I've already mentioned to Santa that I'd like one under the tree this year. Santa usually delivers pretty well around here!
Cook for 1 ½ hours. Remove the roast from the oven and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
Rest the Roast and Make Gravy
While the roast is resting, make the gravy.
Skim off as much fat as possible from the cooking liquid. I like to use a separator cup. You pour in your liquids, wait a few minutes while the fat rises to the top and then pour the de-fatted liquid back into your pot. A really great gadget! I get a lot more fat off by using it than trying to skim.
Place the pot with your de-fatted cooking liquid back over medium-high heat and bring the liquid to a boil. Dissolve the corn starch in ¼ cup water and stir it into the boiling liquid. If desired, mash the softened, cooked garlic and add to the gravy.
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Pot Roast with Rosemary and Garlic
- 3 pounds center cut chuck roast or 7-blade roast
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 4 cups beef stock or broth
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 5 cloves garlic peeled
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Generously season both sides of the roast with salt and pepper.
- Pour just enough oil into a Dutch oven to cover the bottom and heat over medium-high heat.
- Brown the roast on both sides. Remove from the heat.
- Add the beef stock or broth. If necessary, add enough water to bring the level of liquid halfway up the side of the roast.
- Add the rosemary and garlic.
- Cover tightly and place in preheated oven. Cook for 1 ½ hours.
- Remove from oven and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
- To make the gravy – Remove the roast from the pot. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring the liquid to a boil. Dissolve corn starch in ¼ cup water and stir into boiling liquid. If desired, mash the softened, cooked garlic and add to the gravy.
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