Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Braised Beef-Italian Style

Here's another "Two from One" meal. This was accidental, and I haven't made part two yet, so I'm hoping it will be delicious.

Monday night's dinner was a braised beef roast. I was looking for a brisket, but the store did not have it. So I went with a London Broil. I don't know the cuts of beef...that's one of those areas of cooking I'm just not that knowledgeable about. I braised the beef with "Italian" flavors. It was tasty. The second part of the meal will be tonight, so stay tuned.

Start by seasoning the beef with salt & pepper, then searing it. After browning, add some broth (beef and/or chicken), add a can of diced tomatoes,with their juices. Season all with oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary and parsley. Next time I think I'll add some red wine as well.

Cover and braise in the oven for 2-3 hours. Half way through your time, add frozen pearl onions and in this case I added some carrots for the veg.

Slice the beef and serve with the veg. Spoon some of the sauce over the beef.

I will admit, the beef was quite dry. I'm sure it was the temperature I cooked it at. As I was making this on a school night, I didn't want to eat dinner at 10 pm, so I cooked the roast at 350 degrees for just two hours. The meat was tender and had a nice flavor, but it was dry. If I had more time, say a Sunday afternoon, I would braise it at 300 for three hours or so. The heat causes the meat to tighten up and release it's moisture. With the lower heat, the meat won't tighten up as much and won't force out as much moisture.

Braised Beef-Italian Style
Beef Roast-Brisket or London Broil about 3lbs
1 TB olive oil
1 can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups frozen pearl onions
4 carrots, cut to 1/4-1/2 inch pieces
1 cup broth (beef or chicken or combo of both)
1 tsp, dried oregano, basil, parsley
1/2 tsp, thyme, rosemary
1 TB butter (optional)

Liberally season the beef with salt & pepper.

Add olive oil to a large oven proof pan over high heat. Sear the beef on both sides. About 5 minutes per side.

Add the broth and spices. Bring the liquid to a simmer. Add the onions and carrots. Cover and place in a 350 degree oven for two hours (or 300 for three hours). Half way through the cooking, check the veggies--if they are tender, spoon them out to a bowl and cover with foil. You don't want mushy carrots and onions. For the last 30 minutes of cooking, remove the cover to allow the sauce to start to reduce.

When cooking is complete, remove the roast to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Add the veggies back to the sauce, bring sauce to a very low simmer, to warm the veggies and continue the reduction of the sauce. Add the butter to enrich the sauce.

Slice the beef for serving. Drizzle sauce over the beef and serve the veg on the side. Enjoy.

Save 1/2 the roast for part two of our "Two from One" meal plan. Coming tonight!


DC Food Blog said...

Holy cats, I did a braised pork in a similar style last night. Had some Niman ranch pork chops. Seared them. Put them to the side. In the same pan sauteed some onions, deglazed with some red wine. Added chicken stock and canned tomatoes. Stuck the pork back on top and threw everything into the oven for 15 minutes.

Dancer in DC said...

Brisket or not, it was definitely tender meat and the sauce kept things juicy. I think there were a few too many onions for my taste, but the carrots were delish.