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Monday, January 21, 2008

Menu Plan Monday: January 21

Last night turned into a leftover night, as we had a lot left from the weekend, so we're having the soup for dinner tonight.

What is on your menu this week?

Slow Cooked Pot Roast with Mustard & Horseradish Gravy from Fine Cooking

2 carrots, peeled and cut in half width wise (I used 4 and quartered them)
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced into 4 wedges
3 cloves garlic, smashed (I use 4)
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 large bay leaf
3 whole cloves or allspice berries (we use cloves)
1 cup homemade or low-salt canned chicken broth
1 cup dry white wine (they recommended Sauvignon Blanc, I used Pinot Grigio)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 boneless beef chuck roast (2 1/2-3 lbs)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons brandy
1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish (I used about 4 times this amount)
1/2 teaspoon grainy prepared mustard (again, 4 times this)
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon all purpose flour
2 tablespoons finely minced flat leaf parsley

Put carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and cloves or allspice in
the bottom of a slow cooker. In measuring cup or bowl, whisk together
the broth, wine and tomato paste to blend.

Set large heavy based skillet over medium high heat. Pat roast dry,
rub with olive oil, salt and pepper all over. Sear roast in skillet
until a dark crust forms on one side, 3-5 minutes, turn and sear other
side. Reduce heat to medium and put roast on top of vegetables in the
crock. Add broth mixture to skillet, bring to boil and scrape the
bottom to loosen any browned bits. Pour the liquid over the roast and
cover the crock, don't stir. Turn the slow cooker to low, cook gently
without lifting the lid until the roast is fall apart tender, 8-10 hours
(I did this for 8 hours).

Transfer roast to a cutting board and tent with foil. Strain
contents of crock through a sieve set over a medium sauce pan (I used
the same skillet from before). Discard the solids (I disagree with this
and saved the carrots, onion and garlic to serve with the meat). Skim
fat from the top of the strained liquid. Bring to boil and simmer
rapidly until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Whisk in the brandy,
horseradish and mustard. In a small bowl, mix the flour into the sour
cream, stir in a few tablespoons of the sauce, then pour the sour cream
mixture into the sauce, whisking vigorously to blend. Cook over medium
heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes to blend the flavors.
Meanwhile, slice the roast thinly. Serve with the gravy and a
sprinkling of parsley.

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Hm. Sounds good, but how does the allspice/cloves work in that?

BTW, I made a chicken pot pie last night...I thought of you as I used nothing prepared. all from scratch!
I've never used the allspice, so I don't know how that would work. The cloves are nice in it. My husband likes it with them, and he is no fan of cloves.

Good for you making the chicken pot pie! Thank you for leaving a comment.
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