Photo: Anna Williams
Prep Time
30 Mins
Other Time
3 Hours 30 Mins
6 servings

Mellow balsamic vinegar and rich brown cremini mushrooms transport this dish from the 1950s to the 21st century.

How to Make It

Step 1

*If this has not been done already, tie the meat around its "waist" with cooking twine so it doesn't fall apart during cooking.

Step 2

Heat oven to 350° F. Combine the porcini and broth in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove the porcini with a slotted spoon, coarsely chop, and set aside. Strain the broth through a fine sieve and set aside.

Step 3

Rub the meat with the salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a roasting pan or large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook the meat until well browned, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the meat to a plate and set aside.

Step 4

Reduce heat to medium, add the remaining oil, onions, cremini mushrooms, garlic, and rosemary to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms and onions are tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Return the meat to the pot and add the porcini, strained broth, vinegar, and sugar. Over high heat, bring to a boil. Cover (with aluminum foil if using a roasting pan). Transfer to the oven and cook until the meat is very tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Step 5

Transfer the meat to a cutting board and cover with foil to keep warm. With a slotted spoon, remove the vegetables and reserve. Place the pan over high heat and boil the cooking liquid until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Add the parsley, stir, and season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Step 6

To serve, cut the pot roast across the grain into thin slices. Place them on the platter with the vegetables and spoon on some of the sauce.

Ratings & Reviews

matthewspann's Review

December 31, 2011
Delicious, however I found the Balsamic a bit overpowering. Next time I will use 1/3 cup instead of the 1/2 cup that is recommended. I added carrots and potatoes with no extra liquid and they were all great.

Onecentinvegas's Review

December 20, 2010
Made this for dinner tonight and OMG! Deceptively simple with rich, delicious flavor. My husband had to stop himself from eating it was so good. Didn't bother with all the dried mushrooms and stuff--just a pound of sliced, ordinary mushrooms and a long, slow bake all afternoon. Made a sauce from the drippings, served on mashed potatoes--Not your Mamma's pot roast!

hkayrecipe's Review

March 07, 2010
The flavor was outstanding with the onions and mushrooms. The meat came out too dry by cooking it at 350 - I would recommend cooking it at a lower temperature like 200 for longer time, until the meat internal temperature reaches 130 to 140 degrees.