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Rec. Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions
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Posted to Thread #4365 at 5:28 pm on Nov 7, 2006
Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions
Yield: 10 servings, about 3 ounces meat & 1/3 cup gravy each
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 3 1/4 hours
Ease of preparation: Easy
This recipe is reminiscent of a pot roast made with onion-soup mix, but the flavors are true and puree--and nobody misses the excess sodium. (For a slow-cooker variation, see below.)
1 4-pound beef chuck roast (see Ingredient note), trimmed of fat
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced (4 cups)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
2. Season beef with salt and pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook, turning from time to time, until well browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
3. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pot. Add onions, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until softened and golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and thyme; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in coffee and vinegar; bring to a simmer. Return the beef to the pot and spoon some onions over it. Cover and transfer to the oven.
4. Braise the beef in the oven until fork-tender but not falling apart, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Transfer beef to a cutting board, tent with foil and let rest for about 10 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, skim fat from the braising liquid; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook, whisking, until the gravy thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Season with pepper. Carve the beef and serve with gravy.
In Step 2, transfer the browned beef to a slow cooker. In Step 3, use just 1/2 cup coffee. Add the onion mixture to the slow cooker. In Step 4, cover and cook until beef is tender, 4 1/2 to 5 hours on High or 7 to 8 hours on Low. In Step 5, pour the liquid into a medium saucepan and continue as directed.
Per serving: 252 calories; 12 g fat (4 g sat, 6 g mono); 97 mg cholesterol; 5 g carbohydrate; 29 g protein; 0 g fiber; 172 mg sodium.
Ingredient note: Although it is not the leanest cut of beef, chuck is still our choice for pot roast because it doesn't dry out during braising. You will find pockets of fat as you carve it, but they are easy to remove.
Make Ahead Tip
To make ahead: The pot roast will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat meat slices and sauce, covered, in the oven, microwave or on the stovetop.
Other messages in this thread:
- 4365. Rec. Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions - Marsha tbay - 5:28pm on 11/07/06 (14)
- have you made this one Marsha? it sounds really good. [NT] - Randi - 6:41pm on 11/07/06
- This recipe came via email this AM. I thought it soudned good too! I don't like to drink coffee - Marsha tbay - 7:55pm on 11/07/06
- okiee dokiee :-) thanks [NT] - Randi - 8:27pm on 11/07/06
- Coffee is an excellent flavoring for chiles and roasted beef. >>> - Steve2 in LA - 8:32pm on 11/07/06
- Steve, I'd be interested in the Coffee Roasted Beef & Filet Mignon recipes. Thank you! [NT] - Marsha tbay - 8:44pm on 11/07/06
- Marsha, here you go: REC: Coffee Roasted Fillet of Beef with Sage & Wild Mushrooms - Steve2 in LA - 8:25pm on 11/08/06
- oh my, I know which cut of meat I'll be looking for at Costco. [NT] - Randi - 11:38pm on 11/08/06
- My mom used to make a wonderful roasted leg of lamb that cooked in coffee grinds - deb-in-MI - 9:32pm on 11/07/06
- please do ask Deb, I'm fascinated and would love to know how she did it. [NT] - Randi - 10:29pm on 11/07/06
- Okay! [NT] - deb-in-MI - 11:03pm on 11/07/06
- I used to make a roast lamb like this too only it used a cup of strong coffee and, I think, some .. - Janet in NC - 1:06am on 11/08/06
- Rec: Cafe Chicken (Chicken in a coffee flavoured sauce.) [NT] [LINK] - Sylvia - 11:11pm on 11/07/06
- These coffee flavored recipes will make my DH happy! Thank you, Sylvia [NT] - Marsha tbay - 11:41pm on 11/07/06
- Oven-Glazed Caribbean Chicken (Coffee in the sauce) - Sylvia - 11:58am on 11/11/06