Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Braised Beef, Mashed Cauliflower and Garlic Rolls

This is a good meal for a cold day!


These chuck roasts were on sale for buy one get one free. I thought it would be nice to make dinner for some of my friends who don't cook. It is so easy to turn a cheap cut of meat into something wonderful by braising it. First, sprinkle the roast with salt and pepper and sear it in a bit of olive oil until it forms a nice brown crust.


Sear it on both sides. Remove it and sit it aside on a platter.


Slice a couple of large yellow onions and saute them in the olive oil. Throw in a few diced garlic cloves.


Pour in 2 cans of beer. Add additional beer or beef stock to cover the contents.




Add a few tablespoons of dried thyme, 3 bay leaves and some sprigs of rosemary.


Submerge the meat in the liquid along with any collected juices. Cover the pot and place in a 275 degree oven for 3-4 hours.



You know it is done when the meat falls apart when pulled with 2 forks. Pick off any fat and discard. I always make this a day ahead of serving so the fat accumulates on the top when refrigerated and then I remove the congealed fat before reheating.


When you reheat it, taste for flavor and add additional salt and pepper and maybe a bit of beef bouillon for a heartier flavor.


This is good stuff!


Remember the ginormaous cauliflowers? I mashed them and served the beef over them. If you want the mashed cauliflower recipe, just type it into my search engine on my sidebar.



I made garlic rolls to go with the meal and will post the recipe tomorrow.


I also made up my treat bags for Halloween!


Trick or Treat!

12 comments:

Pricilla said...

Mmmm.
I don't get trick or treaters :(

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

Looks delicious but I'll swap the cauliflower to something else :-)

Only eleven days left :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

A Seasonal Cook in Turkey said...

What a mouthwatering meal you prepared! I don't know that cut of meat - in Turkey the meat is different. I am sure yours is just delicious - it looks it! And I love cauliflower ....

Barbara F. said...

Looks very delicious and the ultimate comfort food. I love cauliflower, I usually break into florets and bread and fry - tasty but not healthy. I used to make up treat bags all the time. Now I am lazy and give out chocolate bars. :) xo

Kelly said...

Wonderful Fall comfort food.

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

Perfect cold weather meal. Wish I had some now. It's 57 degrees here. I bet this would also be great over mashed potatoes or egg noodles, or on it's own with the garlic rolls. I'm starving!

Bible Study group wiped out the Eggplant Gratin today. Big hit!

Guillaume said...

My kind of hearty evening meal...

Joy said...

Mmmmm....beef and beer! Now, if only I could find a decent roast here. =)

laurie said...

I hate to always be the question asker, but,, is the cauliflower really as good as people say, I have never made this,, I'm very skeptical.Second question , are the treat bags for friends or do you have quite a few trick or treaters,, I know I'm a pain,, but you are one interesting unique person,,

Barb said...

That looks so good! Love the treat bags!

Marigold said...

The goatmother says to tell you that she is elderly. If she moved next to you, she could be an elderly neighbor. Do you have Peanuts at your house???

TARYTERRE said...

Two cans of beer, really? Never would have thought of that. Love the idea of fresh rosemary too. And the cauliflower sounds yummy. Beautiful Halloween treats you put together. Great bags. I'm counting down, the days.