Homestyle Italian Pot Roast
Adapted from Alton Brown
2-3 lb chuck roast
cumin (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
sea salt (to taste)
4 stalks of celery, chopped
1 medium sweet onion, sliced or chopped
3 cloves of fresh garlic, smashed
1 28 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
handful of kalamata olives
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon of dried thyme or 2 tablespoons of fresh
Rinse, pat dry and season both sides of roast with cumin, salt and pepper.
In a screaming hot skillet, dry (no oil) sear both sides of meat until brown.
Place celery, onions and garlic in the bottom of the crock pot.
Place seared roast on top. Add tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and olives on top.
Add thyme and bay leaf.
Set crock pot to low and cook 8-10 hrs.
*Notes-- depending on thickness of roast will depend on cook time. Example: short but thick roast will take 10 hrs. Longer, thinner roast, 8-8.5 hrs.
I would go with latter roast if using grass fed, finished beef. These types of meat need a slow braise to them.
*You can add many veggies like carrots, parsnips, things like squash should be added in an hour before serving to roast for a complete one pot meal. Picture above shows I placed roast over homestyle mash potatoes and oven roasted carrots along side.
*White potatoes are NOT paleo*