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Beef Cooked with Carrots, Onions, and Dried Plums

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke
Yield 8 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces beef, 1/2 cup carrot mixture, and about 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce)
This dish is so well loved, it vies with dishes like bouillabaisse, tarte Tatin, roast chicken, and veal stew as a favorite in the annals of French cooking. It is a homey dish, the kind served to family or on the menu in a café or bistro. For a wonderful Sunday night supper, serve with freshly cooked pasta. Note that this dish cooks for about three hours, beginning on the stovetop and finishing in the oven.


  • 1 (2 1/2-pound) boneless chuck roast, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 3 cups thinly sliced onion
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 20 thyme sprigs
  • 1 sage sprig
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 2 cups pitted dried plums
  • Sage leaves (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 316
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 9.4 g
  • satfat 3.2 g
  • monofat 4.4 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 30.5 g
  • carbohydrate 28 g
  • fiber 4.6 g
  • cholesterol 76 mg
  • iron 3.7 mg
  • sodium 716 mg
  • calcium 59 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Tie the roast at 2-inch intervals with twine; rub with salt and pepper. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add roast; cook 12 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove roast from pan. Add onion and water to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Return meat to pan.

  3. Place rosemary, thyme, sage, and bay leaves on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely. Add cheesecloth to pan; cover, reduce heat, and simmer. Bake, covered, at 350° for 1 1/2 hours. Turn roast; bake, covered, an additional 45 minutes. Add carrots and dried plums; bake, covered, an additional 45 minutes or until carrots are tender.

  4. Place roast, carrots, and dried plums on platter; keep warm. Reserve cooking liquid. Discard bag.

  5. Place a zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-cup glass measure. Pour reserved cooking liquid into bag; let stand 2 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain drippings into measuring cup, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Slice roast; garnish with sage leaves, if desired. Serve with carrot mixture and sauce.