Pot Roast with Port
10 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 5 pound boneless pot roasts
3 large onions, peeled and quartered
3 leek, white part only, coarsely chopped
20 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
9 celery ribs, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups port wine
6 Tablespoons tomato paste
9 cups Beef Broth
1½ teaspoons dry thyme
6 bay leaves
2½ pounds red potatoes, washed and quartered
9 Tablespoons butter
9 Tablespoons all purpose flour
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325ºF.
Heat 6 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
Season the beef with sea salt and pepper to taste.
Cook in the skillet, turning occasionally, until browned. Transfer to a platter.
Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of the oil to a large pan.
Add the onions, carrots, leek and celery, and cook until softened.
Add the garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute.
Stir in the wine and tomato paste.
Add the meat to the pan and add the broth; bring to a boil.
Add thyme and bay leaves.
Transfer meat and vegetables to a roasting pan and bake until meat is fork tender, about 2½ hours.
Add the potatoes and bake for an additional 30 to 40 minutes.
Transfer the meat to a deep platter, then use a slotted spoon to top with the vegetables.
Cover with foil to keep warm.
Mash the butter and flour with a rubber spatula in a large bowl to make a paste.
Gradually whisk about 3 cups of the cooking liquid into the paste.
Add remaining cooking liquid to a large pan, then whisk the butter/flour mixture into the pan.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often, until thickened.
Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Pour some of the gravy over the meat and vegetables.
Pour gravy into a sauceboat and cover remaining gravy to keep warm.
Carve the meat and serve with the vegetables, with the gravy passed on the side.
Pairs Well With
We were looking for a simple but tasty dinner to serve when we had friends over dinner and found this delightful pot roast recipe.