8 cups sliced Walla Walla or other sweet onion (about 4 medium)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons dried thyme, divided
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 carrots, peeled and cut into (1/2-inch-thick) slices
2 celery stalks, cut into (1/2-inch-thick) slices
1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes, cut into quarters
1 1/2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
Chopped fresh parsley
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 325°.
Combine first 3 ingredients, stirring with a whisk.
Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle beef with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan; cook for 8 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove beef from pan; cover and set aside.
Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, onion, sugar, and 1 teaspoon thyme to pan. Cook 20 minutes or until onions are tender and golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, carrots, and celery; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place beef on top of onion mixture; pour wine mixture over beef. Cover and place in oven.
Bake at 325° for 1 3/4 hours.
While beef mixture cooks, place potatoes in a large bowl. Add 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon thyme, oil, oregano, and red pepper; toss to coat. Arrange in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray.
Remove beef from oven; turn beef over. Place potatoes on lower rack in oven. Cover beef; return to oven. Bake potatoes and beef at 325° for 45 minutes or until beef is tender. Remove beef from oven; cover and keep warm. Increase oven temperature to 425°. Place potatoes on middle rack in oven; bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until crisp and edges are browned.
Remove beef from pan; cut across the grain into thin slices. Serve with onion mixture and potatoes. Sprinkle with parsley.
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I made this out of deer slices instead of a piece of beef. It turned out beautifully. The meat was excellent, the veggies with the sauce were a bit sweet to my taste, too. I will make this again, for sure.
Followed the recipe exactly, except I let it cook 30 minutes longer. My family really liked this, even the 7-year old who does not like onions. However, I thought it was a bit too sweet and had many onions. I kept wondering how I could improve it next time, hence, I just can't give it 5 stars.
Chose this recipe because of all the rave reviews, however, I can't agree. Loved the sauce although there was too much of it. The meat tasted like boiled beef. I guess I just don't like such a fatty cut of meat. I am considering trying to adapt the recipe to a different cut or maybe even some sort of stew dish. I didn't use the potatoes because I thought the sauce would be so good on rice, and it was. For all the trouble this dish was to prepare, I have had much better, less complicated, pot roast. My husband said toss the recipe, and I pretty much agree. I would certainly never serve it to guests!
My goodness! This is the first roast I have ever made, and it was yummy. Thank you Cooking Light! I did not have a bottle of Zin, so I grabbed the only red I had in the house which was a dry Sherry. The roast was yummy and those potatoes were fabulous. My daughter and I have left overs tomorrow for a wrap sandwich and juice to dip into.
Very solid recipe!
I only used about half of the onions since that is all I had on hand. Otherwise, I made the recipe exactly as stated. It was sensational - much better than I expected especially since I am not a huge fan of brisket. Enjoyed leftovers on homemade buns with sauce poured over the meat.
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