Thursday, October 15, 2009

Coffee Braised Pot Roast

I never loved pot roast so I don't make it much. Or ever. But when I saw the coffee braised twist I knew I had to try it. It turned out to be one of the best pot roasts I ever tried. One that has now turned me into a pot roast fan. Everyone truly enjoyed it, including Tristan.

Don't worry, it didn't have a coffee taste but I imagine the coffee magic comes from how these simple ingredients just complement & enhance one another. This went perfectly with some mashed potatoes and this To Die For Salad.


1 4-pound beef chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 large onions, halved & thinly sliced (4 cups)
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried thyme
3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
2 tblsp balsamic vinegar
2 tblsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tblsp water

Preheat oven to 300°F. Season beef with salt & pepper.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add beef & cook, turning from time to time, until well browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pot. Add onions, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until softened & golden, 5 to 7 minutes.

Add garlic & thyme; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. If someone asked me what my favorite kitchen tool is, this would be it. My mini chopster.

Stir in coffee & vinegar; bring to a simmer. Return the beef to the pot & spoon some onions over it. Cover & transfer to the oven.

Braise the beef in the oven until fork-tender but not falling apart, 2 1/2 to 3 hours (I did 2 1/2). Transfer beef to a cutting board, tent with foil & let rest for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, skim fat from the braising liquid; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the cornstarch mixture & cook, whisking, until the gravy thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Add a pat or two of butter for a nice finish. Season with pepper.

Carve the beef & serve with gravy.

{Food for Thought}

Definitely go for the chuck roast. Even though it has more fat it will not dry out during the braising period. My cut didn't even have much fat & I just cut out the fatty deposits after it was done cooking.
By the time I was done making the gravy, the onions were so broken down that I may strain the liquid next time, leaving the onions aside, then adding them back in once the gravy has thickened. This is more for presentation or if you like to see the onion slices draped over the meat rather than lost in the gravy. I would also not cut my onions so thin next time.
{Slow-Cooker Variation: In Step 2, transfer the browned beef to a slow cooker. In Step 3, use just 1/2 cup coffee. Add the onion mixture to the slow cooker. In Step 4, cover & cook until beef is tender, 4 1/2 to 5 hours on High or 7 to 8 hours on Low. In Step 5, pour the liquid into a medium saucepan & continue as directed.}
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And for dessert.......

It's been too hot here to even think about apple pickin' or anything Halloween related but what are you doin' with all those extra apples? How 'bout some of these?

All American Mini Apple Pies. Click Here to Print Recipe.
Have a great weekend everyone. Come back next week for some good stuff because things are really heating up in my kitchen!!


BeautifulDisaster311 said...

This will be a great meal to try over the weekend, especially since it's been chilly and rainy--perfect weather for comfort food!

Chef E said...

Now I want to go home and make this...we are out fishing right now and I was just checking to see what everyone is doing in the blogshere, but I came here and am hungry for lunch already! Yum on this one!

Coco said...

I just did an espresso rubbed roast and it was to die for!!!

Yours looks better.

And those darling apple pies! I have a ton of pears I need to do something with. Is there a such thing a pear pies? I make an amazing pear cake but pear pie? Hmmmmm.....

Pam said...

I love coffee and pot roast so I am sure to love this. I agree about using chuck roast - you can find some that are less fatty but they stay so tender and delicious. Your apple pies look mighty cute and tasty.

Kristina P. said...

I do love me some pot roast, but us Mormons don't drink coffee! :(

Nicole Feliciano said...

You had me at the pot roast and then to throe in those apple delights at the much! Thanks so much for linking up at Momtrends and keeping other moms inspired in the kitchen.

scrappysue said...

that is one big hunka meat! looks delish too!

Yaya said...

I loooooove pot roast!

SnoWhite said...

those mini apple pies look great ... as does the pot roast. My dad would love both :)

And, yes, your comment came through -- the apples would be delicious over cheese cake. Yum.

Christy said...

I started adding coffee to my pot roast years ago because the usual things were off limits due to g/f and allergies - I really love this recipe of yours I am going to make it this way next time. Oh and the mini apple pies - how fun!

Allison Shops said...

This looks delicious-but I dislike coffee! Does it smell or taste anything like coffee?

Thanks for stopping by our blog and the nice note. Let me know if you try the recipe.

darnold23 said...

A good pot roast makes such a comfortable meal. I really like to cook mine in the crock makes it so tender and with such ease. I would love for you to post a favorite to Crock Pot Wednesday. Thanks for sharing this.

bj said...

Every bit of this sounds just delicious...right down to the mini apple pies.

FROGGITY! said...

blogger is finally letting me comment again, but i gave you a shoutout on my blog in re: this post. aka: looks delicious! have a great weekend!

The Blonde Duck said...

I had no idea you could use coffee! And I love those cute little pies, of course!

Ronda said...

This looks so good! I always see rubs for steaks with coffee, but haven't tried them yet. Since it was a whopping 39 degrees this morning when I woke up, maybe it is time to start with the Fall meals! I'll start with yours. I clicked on the apple pie, and had no luck with the site, but I think I can figure them out--so cute!!
Hope your coming out of your funk, 'cause I've been feeling one myself this week. Getting better though.
Have a great weekend, & give Tristan a big hug!!

Lee said...

This sounds so RIDICULOUSLY fantastic.
I just ate, and my mouth is still watering.
You would think coffee would be gross with meat.
Thought I'd check out your blog, stop by mine some time if you'd like! Have a great day!

Angela said...

Oh yum! I've been holding my breath waiting for you to post this pot roast (say that fast several times, LOL!) And I love the mini pies! So cute!

I'm having another big cooking weekend next week and can't wait to try this!

peanutbutterbliss said...

I have never had pot roast in my life but this sounds SO good!! love the twist you put on it.
mm mini apple pies sound very good!

WPMomOf2 (jen) said...

Wow, we have really been liking pot roast and pork roast lately so I will definitely try this one Steph!

e-Mom said...

Mini apple pies! Now why didn't I think of that? Ala mode?

As for the coffee flavoring... years ago, someone showed me how to add coffee to turkey gravy for darkening and flavoring. It really is delicious, so I can imagine that your pot roast recipe is similar. Who would have thunk?

Have a great weekend. :~D

e-Mom @ Susannah's Aprons

Kerstin said...

This looks perfect for a Sunday night dinner, and what cute little mini pies - yum!

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Debbie said...

I like to make roasts for my kids. I'll sure give this one a try.

Tender Branson said...

Great looking mini pies. I'm incredibly tired of the heat...this weekend was more up my alley.

Kristin said...

That is some seriously good eatin'!!!

Fresh Mommy said...

Wow, I'm not a big pot roast fan either, but I think this just might turn me into one as well!! I'll have to try it now! YUM!! And the salad, and potatoes and dessert... everything sounds so good!

angie said...

I'm absolutely going to try this! I have this coffee substitute that should be perfect.

Stephanie said...

That looks awesome! We'll be trying it this week. Thanks for stopping by my blog today...;)

Life with Kaishon said...

Well, you know, since cooking is not my strong point (to say the least) I have never tried a roast. My Mom used to make one every Sunday when we were growing up. I am going to print this recipe for her. Gary doesn't like roast. I never knew anyone that didn't like roast until I met Gary : ) I suppose I will keep him anyway though.

Mindi - B.A. Bookworm said...

Deeelicious. I can't wait to try some of your recipes. These mini apple pies and pot roast are first on my list!

Andi said...

I love pot roast - I have never seen coffee as an ingredient. I love coffee so I am going to try this out this weekend!

Kaylen said...

I don't eat meat (sigh..except chicken breasts), but I have to say that I love the way you lay out your cooking posts---lots of pictures with the recipe! I don't even bother with online recipes if they don't have pictures, cause I NEED the step-by-step visual.

Stopping by from SITS - congrats on the feature post. :)

Deanna said...

Coffee has always been one of my favorite ingredients in making meat in the crockpot. It just adds so much flavor plus it just feeds my need not to waste anything. (I even make coffee ice cubes with left over coffee to drop in "too hot" coffee.)

I can't wait to try this version.

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