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Sunday Pot Roast

Yield 6 servings (serving size: one slice of roast with 1/6 vegetables)
This is worth the time, and once you pop it in the oven, you're free to take care of other things while it cooks.


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 (4- pound) trimmed beef brisket
  • 12 small red potatoes (about 1 pound) halved
  • 3 red onions, sliced
  • 4 slender carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 4 slender parsnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 (14.5 ounces) can beef, vegetable, or chicken broth
  • 2 cups dry red wine (or substitute additional stock)
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 sprigs parsley plus 3 tablespoon minced
  • 8 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 freshly ground pepper
  • Garnish the platter with minced parsley.

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325º. Heat oil in a 5-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Add beef and brown on all sides, about 15 minutes; transfer to a platter. Raise heat to medium-high and add potatoes, onions, carrots, and parsnips; cook, stirring, for 10 minutes, or until vegetables are lightly browned on edges. Stir in flour and cook 3 minutes, or lightly browned.

  2. Add broth, wine, water, parsley sprigs, brown sugar, bay leaf, garlic, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil.

  3. Return beef and juices to Dutch oven, layering beef between vegetables. Cover with a tight-fitting lid, transfer to oven, and cook for 2 1/2 hours, or until beef is very tender.

  4. Transfer roast to a cutting board and let stand for 20 minutes. Cut in half along the grain; reserve one half. Remove vegetables from sauce with a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl, and toss with 2 tablespoons minced parsley. Discard parsley sprigs and bay leaf. Reserve 5 cups sauce.

  5. Allow reserved roast and sauce to come to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for up to five days.

  6. Meanwhile, serve remaining pot roast: Slice against the grain into 1/4-inch thick slices. Arrange in the center of a serving platter with vegetables around the edge. Spoon half the remaining sauce over beef; garnish platter with the rest of the minced parsley. Pass remaining sauce at table.