This summer is one for the record books. With extremes of heat and drought across the country, the living is anything but easy. I am happy to be living in Wisconsin where things are less brutal, but I do have one serious concern.
I am addicted to cooking–and cooking heats up the house.
I have been developing adaptations on an ongoing basis–bake bread at 11 PM with the windows wide open on the rare nights where temperatures drop. And today, I moved the roaster outside to the patio to make pot roast in an improvised summer kitchen.
Since I was getting creative, I did a more involved roast (with wine!) based on another blog recipe. Here is my version:
Pot Roast with Wine
- 1-4 lb. boneless beef chuck or arm roast
- 2 tsp. thyme
- 2 tsp. paprika
- 2 tsp. sea salt
- 2 tsp. black pepper, coarsely ground
- 1 tsp. dry mustard
- 1 tsp. brown sugar
- 3 pieces smoked bacon, chopped
- 2 c. dry red wine
- 1 dozen scallions
- 1/2 lb mushrooms
- 1 head garlic, cloves peeled
- 8-10 carrots, peeled and cut in half
- 1/4 c chopped celery root
- 6-8 potatoes
1) Mix thyme, paprika, salt, pepper, mustard and brown sugar. Pat the roast dry and rub the spice blend over the all sides of the roast.
2) In a large pan, fry the bacon pieces over medium heat until well browned. Remove from the pan, and reserve leaving the fat in the bottom to brown the meat. If you have more than a couple of tablespoons, pour off the excess.
3) Turn the heat up and brown the meat on all sides until beginning to crust. Transfer the meat to a platter and pour in the red wine, scraping the browned bits from the pan as it deglazes. Continue to cook until wine is reduced to about 3/4 cup. Combine wine, meat, bacon, garlic, celery root and onions in the roasting pan.
4) Cover the pan and cook at 250 for 2 hours. Check occasionally to make sure the pan doesn’t become dry, adding water 1/4 cup at a time if needed.
5) Add the rest of the vegetables around the roast, and cook for an additional 45 minutes until all are tender.
6) Serve, spooning chunky juices over meat and veggies as desired.
New recipe, hot food, cool kitchen–life is good!
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