Beef Roast Braised in Red Wine

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“This isn’t your everyday pot roast,” my father declared as we sat down for dinner to enjoy the roast that he had been cooking all afternoon. No, indeed it isn’t.

The sauce includes an entire bottle of bold red Zinfandel wine. The vegetables in the sauce are cooked until every ounce of flavor is extracted from them, and then the sauce is pressed through a sieve and reduced even further.

The beef, braised for hours is fork tender. Enjoy!

Beef Roast Braised in Red Wine Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 1/2 pound) chuck roast, boneless
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 oz pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 medium onions, chopped medium (about 2 cups)
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped medium (about 1 cup)
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped medium (1 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed through garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle Zinfandel wine (can substitute Cabernet Sauvignon, or other full bodied red wine)
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary

Method

1 Salt the roast and let sit at room temp while you prep the vegetables: If your roast is very fatty, trim some of the fat. But it is important to keep some fat, as this will keep the roast moist while braising. In many supermarkets chuck roasts will already be properly trimmed.

Salt the roast well and set aside at room temperature while you prepare all the other vegetables.

2 Render fat and crisp the pancetta: Pour a little water into a Dutch oven or other heavy, lidded pot. Set the pot over medium heat and add the diced pancetta. As soon as the water begins to simmer, lower the heat to medium-low and slowly crisp up the pancetta; the water allows some of the fat in the pork to render out without charring the pancetta.

When the pancetta is crispy and brown, remove it with a slotted spoon and set aside.

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3 Brown the roast on all sides: Preheat the oven to 300°F. Pat the beef roast dry with a paper towel, increase the heat to medium and brown all sides in the pot.

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4 Sauté the chopped vegetables: Once the meat has browned remove it to a bowl and add the onions, carrot and celery. Sprinkle salt over the vegetables while they cook. Increase the heat to medium-high and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Add the tomato paste and stir well, sauté for another 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook a minute more.

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5 Add tomatoes, pancetta, herbs, wine, and the roast. Cover and cook: Increase the heat to high and add the tomatoes, the pancetta, herbs and red wine. Nestle the beef roast into the pot, cover, place in the 300°F oven and cook for 3 hours. At the halfway point, use tongs to turn the beef roast over.

6 Strain and reduce the sauce: Remove the pot from oven and transfer beef to a large bowl; tent with foil to keep warm. Allow the liquid to settle in the pot for a few minutes, if you'd like, skim off some of the fat with a wide shallow spoon. If you have an immersion blender, use it to blend the contents of the pot. If you don't, use a whisk to help break down the vegetables.

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Boil the sauce until it is reduced to about 3 1/2 cups. Strain liquid through large fine-mesh strainer, pressing on solids with spatula to extract as much liquid as possible; you should have a couple cups strained sauce.

Add any accumulated juices from the bowl you have the beef in. Boil the sauce again until it has reduced to 1 1/2 cups. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

7 Slice the meat and serve with the sauce: Cut the meat into roughly 1/2-inch-thick slices and pour the sauce over them. Serve with a bold red wine and crusty bread or mashed potatoes.

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  • Chuck Deming

    I don’t know if this thread is still active, but I’d like to try the recipe. The only problem: I don’t have an immersion blender, and don’t normally have a use for one. Can I use a blender instead? And does the sauce need to be processed to the consistency of puree?

  • Teri baker

    This sounds fantastic but I am allergic to red wine (not sulfites, rather the histamines or tannins)… What a shame. Anyhow, I have two questions: first, does anyone know if the tannins/histamines/etc. cook off or are instead concentrated more by cooking; and second, would white wine work also (not sure with beef) or a Bougelais? If neither, what liquid(s) would provide the richest flavor as a substitute? Thanks!

  • Martha Wilborn

    This is delicious!!
    The sauce reminds me of a good molé…not the flavors but the construction—Lots of ingredients but no one ingredient or flavor stands out. We are eating Paleo around here and the sauce was so rich and thick we didn’t even miss the conventional, grain based thickeners. Definitely a keeper.

  • Sabrina

    This sounds great, I have a perfect sized bit of beef in the freezer waiting for this recipe. One question though on ingredient replacement… my husband hates celery! I understand why its in this recipe, the flavours would work well together, but i just don’t think i can sneak it past him. Any suggestions for an alternative veg that would lend a strong enough flavour?

    Really, really love this blog by the way!!

    You will not be able to taste the celery. It blends in with everything else and gets pushed through a sieve. If you absolutely cannot use celery, use parsley – stems and all, but a smaller amount than the celery which is mostly water. ~Elise

  • Rose

    What I want to know is how you keep the beef hot while making the sauce? I can’t imagine that tenting the beef is enough to keep the beef hot while all that reducing and blending is going on.

    It keeps it warm enough. ~Elise

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