Tender chunks of beef and vegetables braised in beer topped with a fresh lemon gremlota is my idea of healthy, comfort food.
Do I want to drink some wine or beer? That is how I decided what braising liquid to use for this recipe. I bet you can guess what won, beer! Three cheers for beer! I really love both and always have a variety of beer and wine in the house. For my birthday my non-beer drinking husband, went to World Market and bought me six varieties of different beer. I’ve slowly been working my way through them. For this particular recipe I used Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter.
You will notice, I did not use a full bottle in this recipe. Other than the calories, my ulterior motive was so that I could drink the rest. I capped off the beer with one of my wine corks and put it in the refrigerator for later. That wine cork worked fantastic on the beer bottle. It kept it fresh until the evening. I’ll have to remember that little trick next time I cook with beer.
Since it is Fall, I get to use one of my favorite kitchen tools, my dutch oven. As much as I would love a Le Creuset dutch oven, they are a little too expensive for me. I have a couple of cheap ones that are perfectly good. I’ve been using them for years. They make the most perfect braise. As much as I do love to use a slow cooker, I find braising in a dutch oven develops the flavor better. The recipes have greater depth of flavor and are more satisfying.
One other trick when braising is to brown the meat really well, on all sides. It is so worth getting a lovely crust on the meat and brown fond on the bottom of the pan. One of my favorite food sayings is from Anne Burrell “Brown food just tastes better.”. Yes, it does. When I was picking a pot roast to use, I picked one with the least amount of fat. My grocer had about four different cuts of meat labeled for pot roast. The chuck roasts all had a lot of fat so I picked a cut with less fat. I was really happy to see there was very little fat floating on the top when it was done. Hope you enjoy Beer Braised Pot Roast as much as we did. It is perfect comfort food.
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Happy Healthy Eating,
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