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Pot Roast With 40 Cloves of Garlic

October  1, 2018
Photo by Jenny Huang
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

Test Kitchen Notes

This is one of our Big Little Recipes. Read more here: 5-ingredient Pot Roast (Featuring 40 Cloves of Garlic). —The Editors

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Pot Roast With 40 Cloves of Garlic
  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Serves 6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons canola (or other neutral) oil
  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck, patted as dry as possible
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 40 peeled garlic cloves
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
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Directions
  1. Heat the oven to 325°F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Emma is a writer and recipe developer at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles "on the fly," baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., reviewing restaurants, and writing stories about everything from how to use leftover mashed potatoes to the history of pies in North Carolina. Now, she lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter.