Presenting… your holiday roast!
Pot Roast with Root Vegetables and Kumquats
Yield: 6 servings
1 (2½- to 3-pound) boneless beef chuck roast
1½ teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 large yellow onions, peeled and diced medium (3 cups)
3 celery stalks, chopped roughly (1½ cups)
5 large carrots, peeled and chopped roughly (5 cups)
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped roughly (1 tablespoon)
2 cups red Zinfandel wine
4 cups chicken stock
2 dried bay leaves
5 sprigs fresh thyme
1 pound small yellow potatoes (7 to 10), scrubbed
6 kumquats, halved and seeded
- Remove the roast from the refrigerator, pat dry and season all sides with the salt and pepper. Allow the roast to sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, then preheat the oven to 300ºF. Open a few windows or turn on the oven hood/fan; it might get a little smoky.
- Heat a small oven-safe pot over medium-high heat until hot, then add 1 tablespoon oil. It will most likely start to smoke. Immediately add the roast and brown on all sides, 2 minutes per side. Transfer the roast to a large plate and discard the oil.
- Return the pot to medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, the onion, celery and carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 to 7 minutes until the onions are soft and translucent.
- Add 1 additional tablespoon of olive oil, the tomato paste and the garlic. Cook 2 minutes more, stirring often.
- Add the wine and stir with a wooden spoon, loosening up any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Cook for 3 minutes more; it will begin to thicken just a bit.
- Stir in the stock, bay leaves, thyme, potatoes and kumquats. Replace the roast in the pan. Depending on the size of your pot, the roast may be halfway or completely submerged.
- Bring the pot just barely to a simmer, cover and carefully place in the oven for 2 hours and 45 minutes. Remove from the oven.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper. To serve, remove the roast and cut into pieces, or simply pull apart with two forks. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Ladle pieces of the roast, vegetables, and broth into soup bowls.
Note: When shopping for your boneless beef chuck, look for a lot of marbling in the meat. Those white streaks are marbling, or fat. It is the fat, in part, that gives this dish loads of flavor and keeps the meat moist. The total cooking time is just over 1 hour per pound of meat. Thus, a 2½ pound beef chuck roast will take approximately 2¾ hours to cook.