This week’s French Fridays with Dorie (Boeuf à la mode, p 252) saw me making my first ever pot roast! (And if you are wondering, à la mode does not refer to “with ice cream” in this instance!) Yes, that’s right – I have never made a pot roast before, believe it or not! For what’s supposed to be a simple dish, I actually found this a little fussy – there were a lot of steps involved from marinating the beef overnight (I didn’t) to the complexities of straining the veggies, rendering the sauce, adding it all to a dutch oven after you’ve browned the meat in a skillet. I was in a right mess in the kitchen – tons of pans and dishes all around the place (does this sound surprising, mum? 😉 )
I barely used the carving knife and fork – it was pretty tender straight out of the oven…
And instead of throwing away the soggy veggies (they had marinated with the beef, then been cooked with it in the sauce), I strained them from the sauce and blitzed them with an immersion blender to make a second mash to serve with the beef.
My sauce didn’t ever really thicken up, though I reduced it a lot, but that was ok. We had two types of mash to soak it up!
Verdict? This was pretty tasty (and left a lot of leftovers which I am thinking of using in this Jamie Oliver Korean stir-fried rice with poached eggs). I’ll make a pot roast again, for sure, I just might take a few shortcuts next time!
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