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What's for Dinner Tonight? - Sunday, November 13, 2011

Earlier this week, I stumbled across this recipe for Slow Roasted Beef in Tomato Sauce by Joanne Wilson which I promptly bookmarked as something we might want to make as we move into fall, etc.

Yesterday, I was out shopping and ended up buying a 2 lb boneless chuck roast - knowing that I had this recipe in my head. This afternoon we cooked it - and it was just great.

This is one of those lazy Sunday afternoon recipes. There's a flurry of activity around 1:30 PM as you sear the beef, sauté the veggies, open the wine, prepare the beef stock, etc. Perhaps 20 minutes of serious cooking and preparation - and then you're in monitoring mode for the rest of the afternoon.

Our approach was a bit different from Joanne's. Specifically, we had a two pound boneless chuck roast from our local Safeway. After browning it in a bit of olive oil, we sautéed a container of Mirepoix from our local Trader Joe's before tossing the chuck back on top and then adding the red wine, beef stock, and seasonings. We brought the mixture up to a boil and then backed it back down to the lowest setting on our stove - and just let it simmer for a bit over 3 hours. Along the way, we poked at it every hour or so - getting more aggressive in the last hour.

The result was just perfect. Falling apart tender, superb flavor from the tomatoes, thyme, bay leaves, etc.. We served it simply - with sautéed haricot vert and garlic mashed potatoes. Wonderful.

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