This pot roast may be served right away, but like most braises, it tastes even better when made ahead and left to sit for a day or two.
Make Ahead Tips
If you do plan to make ahead, follow the method through the oven-braising, and transfer the meat and vegetables to a platter. Strain and degrease the juices as directed, wipe out the pot, and then return the meat and vegetables to the pot and pour the strained juices over all. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for up to three days. To serve, gently reheat the roast in the pot until the juices are once again liquified. Transfer the meat and vegetables to a baking dish, moisten with some of the juices, cover, and heat in a 325°F oven until warmed through. While the meat and vegetables are warming, proceed with the recipe as directed to make a sauce from the juices.
Pot roast patties Using cold leftover pot roast that includes potatoes, separate the meat and vegetables as best you can from the gelatinous sauce. Chop up the meat and vegetables, and mix together in a bowl with a tablespoon or two of Dijon mustard (which adds flavor and also helps the mixture hold together). Shape into patties and sauté in oil or butter over medium to medium-high heat until crusty and browned on the outside and hot on the inside.
French dip sandwiches Slice baguettes into 5- or 6-inch lengths and then split them almost but not entirely in half lengthwise. (Or use crusty sub rolls.) Heat the leftovers until hot. Slice the meat and arrange in the baguettes. Serve the sandwiches with individual dishes of the sauce on the side for dipping. Hot mustard is a good condiment for these sandwiches, and you can serve the leftover vegetables as a side dish or save them for another meal.
Shepherd’s pie Warm the leftovers just enough to liquefy the sauce. Shred or chop the meat and combine with the vegetables. Add enough sauce to make the mixture taste nicely moist but not super juicy. Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish and cover with a 1-inch layer of mashed potatoes (flavored with Cheddar or horseradish, if you like). Drizzle the potatoes with a little olive oil and then bake in a 375°F oven until the potatoes are lightly browned on top, about 30 minutes.
If your pot doesn’t have a tight lid, cover the pot tightly with heavy-duty foil, crimping it well over the edges.Chuck roast comprises several different muscles, so you may want to pull apart the various pieces with your hands before carving, then slice each piece across its grain.
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My new favourite pot roast recipe! Skipped a lot of the finicky bits and the results were perfect. Used a dark ale and chicken broth as the braising liquid. Didn’t bother with the cheese cloth - just diced the garlic and sage and added extra ground black pepper to the liquid. For veggies - used turnip but substituted golden beets for the parsnips - sorry, nobody in our house likes parsnips. Also didn’t bother straining out all the bacon and onion goodness out of the sauce, just brought it to a boil and reduced. The resulting sauce was very flavourful. I probably chopped the veggies into chunks that were too large, as they were still a tad crunchy at the end. Needed about another half hour in the oven to fully cook, but the beef was done and everyone was hungry. Thinking about trying this in the slow cooker next time. Probably not enough space to do all the veggies, but the beef and gravy were to die for!
Really good. The veggies had great flavor. My roast was about 3 lbs so it might have been a little overcooked but it was very tasty. Looking forward to roast beef sandwiches with the leftovers.
Delicious and full of flavour. I used double-smoked bacon, lower-sodium chicken broth, and a pale ale. My 4.3 lb roast braised for about 3 hrs and 20 mins. Assuming it would take as long next time, I would add the vegetables a bit later in the process as they were slightly mushy in the end.My only complaint is that it is rather labour-intensive to separate the vegetables from the finely minced onion and bacon pieces as instructed; a bit of a finicky step.
Another in Pot Roast Heaven! Really delicious and moist. I used a 5 pound rump roast and it's superb. I'd skip the parchment paper over the meat, though, if you have a heavy Dutch oven, like a Le Creuset.
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