Oven-cooked Beef Pot Roast

Ingredients

one 4-pound boneless beef chuck roast
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 yellow onions, chopped
12 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 cup dry red wine
4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth, or as needed
4 large sprigs of fresh thyme
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1-1/2 pounds fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
12 ounces cherry tomatoes (preferably assorted colors)
3/4 cup pitted green olives

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Pat the beef dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large Dutch oven (at least 6 quarts) over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, then add the beef and cook, turning occasionally, for about 12 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Transfer the beef to a bowl.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions to the pot, and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon,for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are tender.
  5. Stir in the garlic and cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  6. Stir in the wine, bring to a boil, and boil for 1 minute.
  7. Stir in the broth, thyme, and rosemary.
  8. Return the beef to the pot and scatter the potatoes, tomatoes, and olives around it. You should have enough liquid to cover all but about the top 1 inch of the beef. Add broth or water if needed. Bring to a simmer over high heat, cover tightly. T
  9. Move the pot to the oven. Bake for about 2 hours and 30 minutes, turning the beef over after the first 1-1/2 hours, or until it is just tender. Uncover and continue baking for about 30 minutes, or until the beef is fork-tender.
  10. Remove from oven and set aside to rest for 30 minutes.
  11. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef, vegetables, and olives to a platter. Gently pull the beef into large chunks along its natural separations. Cover the beef, vegetables, and olives with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  12. Skim off the fat that has risen to the surface of the cooking liquid and remove and discard the herb stems. Bring the liquid to a boil and boil for about 20 minutes, or until slightly reduced.
  13. Return the beef, vegetables, and olives to the pot and simmer for about 5 minutes, or just until reheated.
  14. Divide the beef, vegetables, and olives among six dinner plates. Spoon a few tablespoons of the cooking liquid over each serving. Pour the remaining cooking liquid into a sauceboat. Serve hot, with the cooking liquid on the side.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Curtis Stone What’s for Dinner?

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Roasted Pork Belly Braised in Rum Broth

Ingredients

350g pork belly
300 ml rum
1 apple, cut into wedges
1 stick cinnamon
2 dates, roughly chopped

Caramel Sauce

300 ml rum
1 tbsp condensed milk
1 tbsp butter
30 ml cream
1 date, finely chopped

Pickled Apple

1 apple, half diced and half julienned
1/3 cup vinegar

Poached Apple

1 apple, cut into wedges

Smoked Corn and Onion Sauce

1 tbsp butter
1 onion, chopped
3 cobs corn
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp smoking chips
salt and pepper, to season

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 230ºC. Turn on pressure cooker to high.
  2. Score the skin of pork belly and place into the pressure cooker along with rum, 300 ml water, apple wedges and cinnamon stick. Seal and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove pork, place onto a tray and roast until golden, about 20-15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to rest.
  4. To make the caramel sauce, place remaining 300 ml rum into a small pan and reduce over medium heat to a thick syrup. Add condensed milk, butter, cream and chopped date. Reduce until thickened then pass through a sieve and set aside.
  5. For the pickled apple, place julienned and diced apple into a bowl with vinegar and set aside for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  6. To poached the apple, bring a small saucepan of water to a simmer over low heat. Add apple wedges and cook until soft, but still holding shape, about 10-15 minutes.
  7. To make the corn and onion Sauce, heat butter in a fry pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring until softened but not browned. Set aside in a medium bowl.
  8. Place corn cobs onto a plate and cook in the microwave until just tender, about 2-3 minutes. Slice 2 strips of the kernels off the cobs and set aside for plating. Slice the remaining kernels off the cobs and place into the bowl of softened onions. Cover bowl with cling film and insert the hose of a smoking gun. Light smoking gun chips and allow the bowl to fill with smoke. Remove smoking gun hose and seal the bowl tightly. Set aside to smoke for 15 minutes.
  9. Uncover the bowl and transfer corn and onion into a food processor. Blend until smooth then pass through a fine sieve, season and set aside.
  10. To serve, cut pork belly into 4 pieces. Spread some corn and onion sauce onto each plate and top with a portion of the pork. Add some reserved slices of corn kernels and top with pickled apple. Serve caramel sauce on the side.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Australian MasterChef

Chinese-style Braised Tofu with Shredded Daikon

Ingredients

2 packs nedium firm tofu
300 g daikon
50 g Chinese black mushroom, soaked in watr until softened
10 g dried goji berries (杞子)
5 g daikon sprout (kaiware)
5 g ginger

Sauce

1 cup vegetable broth
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar

Method

  1. Cut mushroom, daikon, tofu and ginger into strips.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok. Stir-fry ginger, mushroom and daikon.
  3. Add sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Add tofu and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Mix in goji berries and daikon sprout. Cook 1 minute. Remove and serve hot.

Source: Vegetarian Tofu

Moroccan-style Oven-braised Chicken

Ingredients

1 chicken, cut into serving pieces
1 Tbsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
1/2 – 1 tsp ginger
1/2 – 1 tsp turmeric
5 garlic cloves, chopped
several handfuls of fresh cilantro, chopped
juice of 2 lemons
black and cayenne pepper, to taste
4 tomatoes, chopped (either ripe or canned)
10–15 each (three types in total): green olives of choice, black olives, cracked olives, oil-cured olives, purplish-red olives, Kalamata, pimiento-stuffed green olives, etc., drained
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges
extra lemon juice, to taste

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
  2. Combine the chicken with the cumin, paprika, ginger, turmeric, garlic, cilantro, lemon juice, and pepper. Place in a baking dish in a single layer. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the flour, and toss together to coat well.
  4. Add the tomatoes, olives, lemon wedges, olive oil, and broth to the dish. Bake uncovered for about 1 hour or until the chicken is tender and a delicious sauce has formed.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Garlic

North African Style Braised Duck Breast with Dried Pear

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
3 duck breasts, about 2 lb total weight
4 onions, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
1-3/4 cups chicken stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup ready-to-eat dried pears
3 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan (skillet). Add the duck, skin side up, and cook for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned.
  2. Turn the duck breasts and cook, as gently as possible, until the skin is brown and crisp. Remove and drain on kitchen paper.
  3. Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of fat. Add the onions and cook for 15 minutes until completely soft.
  4. Slice the duck breasts across into 1/2-inch slices. Place the onion and duck in a heavy flameproof casserole.
  5. Stir in the garlic, sugar, cinnamon, saffron and stock. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  6. Cut the pears into pieces, add to the casserole, cover and cook gently for a further 30 minutes.
  7. Stir in the coriander and serve with couscous.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: North African Cooking