It's important to build the flavors for this slow-cooked, Moroccan-inspired beef pot roast: we use a tomato braising liquid that's spiked with a lemony mint puree and ras-el-hanout, a Moroccan spice mixture. It's served with tart, dried cherry-specked Israeli couscous that's brightened with a touch of lemon zest and fresh parsley.
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Pot roast braised in beer and mustard is warmed with spicy peppers and offset by sweet carrots and potatoes.
Comforting Mexican pot roast is prepared in the slow cooker with saucy beans.
It may not be as much of a showstopper as a crown roast of pork or an elegant roast goose, but when prepared properly, a pot roast will be far more tender, delicate, and memorable than any of these typical centerpieces. Even better, it can be made in advance and popped in the oven to heat through at whatever hour needed.
Beer-braised bison chuck roast in a rich sauce.
A casserole inspired by the Sonoran hot dog combines slow-cooked salsa verde pot roast, creamy, bacon-flecked pinto beans, and a cornbread crust.
Some may argue that pot roast is not refined enough for a holiday meal. To those folks, I say, "Bah humbug!" When properly prepared, like Bruce Aidells' Pot-Roasted Grass-Fed Beef Chuck with Winter Root Vegetables, the humble chuck roast can be just as enticing as a bone-in rib roast. This recipe, from The Great Meat Cookbook, produces a meal with multitudinous meaty layers--bacon starts the show, rendering its fat with which to sear the chuck, and a dense red wine reduction forms the backbone (along with beef stock) of the braising liquid. A flurry of root vegetables, shallots, slow cooked onions, garlic add deep vegetal flavor to complement the earthiness of the grass-fed beef. Best of all, the dish is almost entirely hands-off, sending its luscious aromas into the kitchen to entice even the most Scrooge-like of guests.
A pot roast is a great meal to end the weekend with. Its long cooking time lets you get all the end of the weekend duties finished up, while still filling the house with a delicious aroma. Many pot roasts call for potatoes to be included in the pot with all the other ingredients, but I prefer some simple mashed potatoes and hot buttered peas on the side. An amber ale, or smoky red wine would sit very well next to this roast.
Slow cooking this tender pot roast with some flavorful vegetables and a few on-hand ingredients yields mouthwatering results. Put it together in the morning, and when it's time for dinner, it's done!
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