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Moroccan Pot Roast

Photo: Alison Miksch; Food Styling: Cat Steele; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower


Makes 10 to 12 servings

Of all our Cottage Community Dinners recipes, this is our favorite. It's wonderfully tender and easily feeds a crowd. The combination of flavors is so different from your mom's pot roast, you may never go back! Prep: 20 minutes; Cook: 3 hours 13 minutes.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (4-pound) chuck roast
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 6 carrots, chopped (about 1 pound)
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons ground paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 (32-ounce) box low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Heat olive oil in a large heavy-duty roasting pan set over 2 burners over medium-high heat. Sprinkle roast with sea salt and pepper. Sear roast in pan, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from pan, and place on a platter.

  2. Add onion, carrot, and garlic to pan, and cook, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes. Combine paprika, cumin, and cinnamon in a small bowl; add to vegetables, and cook, stirring constantly, about 2 more minutes. Add broth, and return roast to roasting pan. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake 3 to 3 1/2 hours or until fork-tender. Remove beef from pan, and place on a platter; tent with aluminum foil to keep warm.

  3. Skim layer of fat from surface of cooking liquid. Add chickpeas to liquid, and place over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chickpeas are warm. Stir in remaining ingredients. Separate meat into portions, and spoon liquid and vegetables over beef. Serve warm.