Slow-Cooked Pot Roast

        Slow-Cooked Pot Roast

Pot Roast

2 Tbs. Butter
1 4-lb rump roast
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 large clove garlic, chopped
20 whole peppercorns
1 ½ tsp fresh thyme  (or ½ tsp dried)
1 ½ tsp fresh parsley (or ½ tsp dried)
2 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
1 tsp salt
2 large carrots, sliced

Gravy

2 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
1/3 cup flour
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
Melt the butter in a large oven-safe pot or Dutch oven and sear all sides of the roast in the melted butter for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until all sides are browned.
Remove the meat from the pot to a plate.  Add the onion, celery, bay leaf, garlic, peppercorns, thyme, and parsley to the pot that the meat was in and sauté over high heat for 5 minutes until the onion starts to brown.
Put the roast back in the pot with the vegetables.  Add the beef stock and ½ tsp salt.
Cook the meat in the oven, covered, for 4 hours or until the meat is tender enough to tear apart.  Every half hour or so baste the meat with the broth so that it doesn’t dry out.
When the roast is tender, remove it from the pot and strain the stock into a medium bowl.  Discard the vegetables and spices, but keep the stock.
Using two forks, shred the roast apart into slightly bigger than bite-size chunks.  Put the meat back into the pot and pour the stock over it.  Add the remaining ½ tsp salt and carrots.  (I left out that salt because I thought the beef stock had enough salt)
Put the pot back into the oven and cook for 40-50 minutes.  This will make the meat even more tender and fill it with flavor.  By this time the carrots should be tender.
Just before serving the pot roast make a gravy by straining the stock from the pot roast  and combining it with an additional 2 cups of beef stock.  Sprinkle the flour into a medium saucepan and stir in the liquid.  (You should have about 3 cups of stock altogether.  If not, add water until you have 3 cups of liquid.)  Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often until thick.  Remove from the heat.
Serve the pot roast and carrots on a bed of mashed potatoes with the gravy poured over the top.  Salt and pepper to taste.  (You can serve everything separately)


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