Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions
Delicious, Healthy, Comfort Food
10 servings, about 3 ounces meat & 1/3 cup gravy each
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 3 1/4 hours
This recipe is suitable for diabetics, is low calorie low in carbohydrates, fat, sodium and gluten free.
1 4-pound beef chuck roast, (see Ingredient note), trimmed of fat
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced (4 cups)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Season beef with salt and pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and 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 and golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and thyme; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in coffee and vinegar; bring to a simmer. Return the beef to the pot and spoon some onions over it. Cover and transfer to the oven.
Braise the beef in the oven until fork-tender but not falling apart, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Transfer beef
to a cutting board, tent with foil and 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 and cook, whisking, until the gravy thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Season with pepper. Carve the beef and serve with gravy.
Tips & Notes
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Ingredient Note: Although it is not the leanest cut of beef, chuck is still our choice for pot roast because it doesn't dry out during braising. You will find pockets of fat as you carve it, but they are easy to remove.
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 and 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 and continue as directed.
Per serving: 252 calories; 6 g fat ( 2 g sat , 6 g mono ); 67 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 32 g protein; 0 g fiber; 99 mg sodium; 49 mg potassium.
Exchanges: 1/2 vegetable, 4 lean meat
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(Source: From EatingWell: Fall 2004, October 1998)