Author Notes: The garlickiest pot roast that ever was, inspired by the Provençal classic, Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic. We love serving this atop buttery egg noodles, but boiled potatoes or steamed rice are just-as-good companions. For bonus points, top with fresh herbs, like parsley or dill, and maybe a dollop of yogurt or sour cream. Feel free to play around with the liquid: I like how the vegetable broth and garlic vibe with each other, but you could do beef broth or chicken broth or either of those cut with some wine. —Emma Laperruque
Food52 Review: This is one of our Big Little Recipes. Read more here: 5-ingredient Pot Roast (Featuring 40 Cloves of Garlic). —The Editors
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 4 hrs 30 min
tablespoons canola (or other neutral) oil
pounds boneless beef chuck, patted as dry as possible
tablespoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped
pounds carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
peeled garlic cloves
cups vegetable broth
- Heat the oven to 325°F.
- Set a large Dutch oven on the stove over high heat. While it’s getting good and hot, season the beef all over with salt. When the pan is hot, add the oil. Sear the beef all over—figure 4 minutes per side—until the outside is deeply browned and crusty. Transfer the beef to a plate.
- Add the onions and carrots to the pan. Toss in the rendered beef fat and season with a pinch of salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, another pinch of salt, and toss. Cook for another 5 minutes.
- Nestle the seared beef on top of the vegetables, then pour the broth around the perimeter. It should rise about halfway up the meat. Bring the liquid to a simmer, then cover the pot and get in the oven.
- Roast for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, flipping the meat halfway through. You can start checking the meat at 3 hours—exactly how tender or toothsome you like it is totally personal.
- Before serving, remove any butcher’s twine (if it was there, holding the meat together) and use 2 forks to tear and pull the meat into big hunks and shreds. Season with more salt to taste.
- Serve with something starchy. This keeps perfectly in the fridge for leftovers all week. I also love freezing portions for pat-on-the-back weeknight dinners down the road.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!