Oven-cooked Beef Pot Roast


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


  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?


Spicy Vegan Burger with Caramelized Onion


1-1/3 cups drained and rinsed canned black beans, mashed
2 cloves garlic
3/4 cup sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
3-1/2 tablespoons walnuts, ground
2 cups panko or regular bread crumbs
1/4 cup cooked brown rice
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon mild chili powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 buns, toasted


1/2 cup barbecue sauce
4 slices vegan cheese
Caramelized onions


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread black beans, garlic, and mushrooms on prepared sheet. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast for 20 minutes, turning over halfway through. Remove from oven, mash garlic with a fork and chop mushrooms.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl, add remaining patty ingredients, and mix well.
  4. In a food processor, pulse black bean mixture in batches until texture is rough, crumbly, and sticky. Taste and adjust seasonings with more salt and pepper if needed. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours covered.
  5. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions and shape each into a patty. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Place patties onto grill and grill for about 2 minutes per side until browned. Alternatively, cook patties in a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  7. Remove patties from grill and assemble on buns with the toppings. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Veg News

Roasted Pork Belly Braised in Rum Broth


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


  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

Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Stir-fried Tofu and Broccoli


4 medium sweet potatoes
1 – 350 g pkg extra-firm tofu, cubed
1 head broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets


1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp tamari
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 fresh red chili, cut into thin rounds (add less if you prefer a mild sauce)
2 tsp arrowroot flour (arrowroot starch)
1 tsp ground dried ginger
2 Tbsp coconut oil or refined avocado oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
  2. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Add sweet potatoes and pierce a few times with a knife. Roast for 45 to 65 minutes, until tender when pierced.
  3. In small bowl, whisk all sauce ingredients together. Set aside.
  4. In large wok or large high-sided skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add tofu and broccoli. Continue to cook, stirring often, for 8 to 12 minutes, until broccoli is tender.
  5. Stir in prepared sauce and cook until sauce is glossy and thick.
  6. To serve, slice potatoes in half and fill with broccoli and tofu.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Alive magazine

Filipino-style Roasted Pork Belly


1 (4–5-pound) skin-on, boneless pork belly
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (12-ounce) bottle unseasoned rice vinegar
12 garlic cloves, chopped
6–12 green Thai chilies, lightly crushed but left whole
2 serrano chilies, torn into small pieces
4 (12-ounce) bottles hard apple cider
2 tablespoons honey


  1. Season pork generously with salt. Set, skin side up, on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet. Chill at least 12 hours and up to 2 days.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour 4 cups water into baking sheet with pork. Rub pork skin with oil; season with more salt. Roast, adding more water to pan as needed, until skin is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of pork registers 195–200°F, 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, pour out 1/2 cup vinegar from bottle (save for another use). Remove pouring spout from bottle and add garlic, chiles, and a large pinch of salt. Cover and shake to distribute; let sit until ready to serve. (Or, combine in a glass jar or bowl).
  4. Bring hard cider and honey to a boil in a large saucepan; cook until thickened and very syrupy, 30–45 minutes.
  5. Increase oven temperature to 450°F. Continue to roast pork until skin is browned and puffed, 15–20 minutes (add a few more splashes of water to baking sheet if juices are scorching). Transfer rack with pork to a cutting board; let rest 20 minutes.
  6. Pour off fat from baking sheet and add 1/2 cup water, scraping up browned bits. Return baking sheet to oven for a few minutes if needed to help loosen browned bits. Stir into reduced cider mixture.
  7. Remove skin from pork, using the tip of a knife to get it started (it should come off in 1 large piece with a little help). Slice pork lengthwise into 2″-wide strips, then crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. Transfer to a platter and drizzle with reduced cider mixture. Break skin into large pieces and arrange on top; place a few chilies from vinegar around. Serve with chili vinegar.

Makes 8 to 12 servings.

Source: Bon Appetit