Not too long ago The Hubby and I went on one of our infamous shopping trips to Costco. You know one of those trips where you not only get the essentials such as endless amounts of toilet paper and paper towels but you also end up with way too much cubed cheese and some chicken pot pies that The Hubby swears are “SO GOOD!” As part of this trip we had some steaks, chicken breasts and string cheese on the list and then we saw the roasts…and immediately The Hubby and I both decided roast had to be on the menu ASAP.
Now over the years I have had some very successful roasts such as this slow cooker roast but this time I wanted to take a more traditional route and I wanted to cook this roast low and slow in a dutch oven. As a nod to the traditional way of doing things I added in carrots, onions (ok I used shallots, but close enough) and potatoes…only I used tri-color baby potatoes for a little more fun….so it was pretty traditional.
Now my mom is the queen of roasts and one of the tricks that my mom taught me about the art of making roasts is to always season and sear the roast…ALWAYS. It doesn’t matter how your going to cook it, you always have to generously season and sear the roast before anything. So to start this traditional roast I seasoned it generously and then seared it on the pot I was going to cook it in. Not only does the dutch oven get nice and hot but it will also help season the entire dish as it cooks low and slow. After the roast was seared I added in some of the veggies to soften them up a bit and then a little surprise…red wine. I love how red wines cooks down and helps create a great depth of flavor not only in the roast & veggies, but also in the gravy…just make sure to only use wine you would drink, it just cooks down better If you don’t want to use wine don’t worry just use extra beef stock or water, and you might need to add some additional seasoning to the gravy. Last but not least came some fresh herbs. Now The Hubby is not a huge herb fan so I kept it to just a little but I found they added just enough hint of freshness making it something special.
In the end this was hands down the BEST roast I have EVER made. There is just something so special about this traditional roast, making it the perfect choice for your next family or Holiday dinner…plus your whole house will smell amazing!!
Make everyday sparkle – MJ