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Sep 7, 2011

Cipollini Onion and Fennel Pot Roast

From Giada de Laurentiis

Ingredients

Herb rub:

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 (5-pound) boneless beef chuck roast
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 pound (about 2 cups) cipollini, boiler, or pearl onions, peeled
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup dry sherry
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef broth, plus extra, as needed
  • 2 dried bay leaves

Directions

For the rub: In a small bowl, mix together the rosemary, thyme, oil, salt, and pepper until smooth.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pat the beef dry with paper towels and rub on all sides with the herb rub. In a heavy 6-quart pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until browned on all sides, about 12 minutes. Remove the beef and set aside.

Add the remaining oil, onion, carrots and fennel to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute until aromatic. Add the sherry and scrape up the brown bits that cling to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Stir in the broth and bay leaves. Return the beef and any juices to the pot and bring the liquids to a boil. Cover the pot and transfer to the oven. Cook until the beef is fork-tender, about 4 hours, turning the beef over halfway through and adding extra broth, as needed, to keep the beef halfway covered in liquid.

Transfer the beef to a cutting board. Tent with foil and let stand for 15 minutes. Spoon any excess fat off the top of the pan juices. Remove the bay leaves and discard. Using an immersion blender, blend the vegetables and cooking juices together until smooth. (The vegetables can also be pureed in a blender). Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Keep warm over low heat.

Cut the beef into 1-inch pieces and place on a platter. Spoon some of the sauce over the meat and serve the remaining sauce on the side.


MY NOTES:

1. After I seared the meat, I put it in my crock pot (High temp).

2. After I sauteed the veggies, I added them to the crock pot along with 1 cup red wine (instead of sherry).

3. I added some (about half a cup) of the broth to my pot to scrape up the yummy bits and poured them into the crock pot with the rest of the broth.

4. I didn't blend all the veggies. Left them in big chunks.

5. It was delicious!!!!


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