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Pot Roast

Fall has finally arrived and the temperatures here in Virginia are so much more comfortable. We have gotten quite a bit of rain lately, which I love,  and with the gloomy dark skies comes a desire for comfort food. And Pot Roast is just that. Inhaling the sweet aroma while the roast is cooking and tasting the delicious fall-apart meat and tender veggies…it’s a little piece of heaven!

Ingredients:

4-5 lbs beef chuck roast, tied

Kosher salt and black pepper

Flour

Olive oil

5 carrots, chopped

1 1/2 yellow onions, chopped

4 stalks celery, chopped

1 large leek, white and light green parts chopped

1 large potato, chopped

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

 1 cup white wine

2 cups chicken stock, homemade prefered

28 oz whole plum tomatoes in puree

3 sprigs fresh thyme

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

1 tbsp unsalted butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Pat beef dry with a paper towel, Season the roast all over with 1 tbsp salt and 1 1/2 tsp pepper. Dredge the roast in flour and set aside. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the roast and brown all sides, each side should take about 4-5 minutes. Remove the roast to a large plate.

Add 2 tbsp olive oil to Dutch oven and add carrots, onions, celery, leeks, potatoes, garlic, 1 tbsp Kosher salt and 1 1/2 tsp pepper. Cook over medium heat for 10 – 15 minutes until tender but not browned. Add wine and bring to a simmer, Add chicken stock, 2 tsp Kosher salt, 1 tsp pepper. Break up whole plum tomatoes a little and add the remaining 28 oz can of tomato juices.  Put the roast back into the pot and bring to a simmer. Cut thyme and rosemary into small pieces, place on a small piece of cheese cloth, close cheese cloth ends into a bundle and tie closed with butchers string. Place herb bundle into pot and submerge into liquids. Cover Dutch oven with lid and place into oven. Cook in oven for 2 1/2 hours until meat is tender or about 160 degrees internally. Note: turn the heat in the oven down to 250 degrees after about 1 hour of cooking.

Remove the meat to a cutting board. Remove herb bundle and discard. If needed, skim off fat from the sauce. Place half the sauce into a food processor and puree until smooth. Pour the puree back into the Dutch oven and bring to a simmer on the stove top.

Place 2 tbsp flour and butter in a small dish and work them together using a fork. Stir into sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring until thickened. Taste for proper seasoning.

Remove string from roast and slice the meat. Place on serving platter and pour some of sauce over. Serve warm and enjoy!

Source: adapted from Barefoot Contessa

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Chicken Stock

 

Making Chicken Stock

Making Chicken Stock

Lets make Chicken Stock. This is definitely worth your time and effort, and really, it’s no trouble at all. Simply add all ingredients to a large stock pot, add water, let it simmer, cool down and freeze…easy. You get the most flavorful and aromatic stock you can imagine and even better, you get to control the amount of salt, not to mention, no chemicals in your stock. You can vary the flavor of your stock by adding different veggies and herbs, this time I added Rutabaga and it was wonderful. But if you can’t find Rutabaga you could use Turnips, Parsnips or whatever you like.

A note about fat, I like to separate it out from the stock by using my fancy fat separator thing-a-ma-jing, but it is not necessary at all. If you freeze it with the fat, the fat will actually help create a seal and after thawing it in the refrigerator you simply just lift the fat off the surface before using the stock. No need for a fancy fat separator…but I like mine 🙂

Chicken Stock

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken, pre-cut into breasts, thighs and wings. Giblets discharged.

3 large carrots, cut into large chunks

3 celery stalks, cut into large chunks

2 large onions, quartered

1 large parsnips, cut into large chunks

1/2 rutabaga, cut into large chunks

a small bunch fresh thyme (10-12 sprigs)

2-3 bay leaves

1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

Directions:

Place chicken, vegetables and all herbs in a large stock pot. Pour in only enough cold water to cover, about 3 quarts. Bring it to a slow boil and then lower heat to medium-low. Cover partially and simmer for 1 1/2 hour or until chicken is done. As the chicken cooks, skim away impurities that rise to the surface. Add a little more water, if necessary to keep chicken covered while simmering.

When done, remove chicken pieces to a large Tupperware. Let cool slightly and then cover and place in refrigerator. Once completely cooled, discard skin and bones and place meat back into storage container.

Strain the stock through a fine sieve into another pot to remove vegetables. Use stock immediately or if you plan on storing it, let it cool down and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze 2-3 months.

Strain out veggies

Chicken Stock

Source: adapted from The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Soup

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