The hardest part about making this pot roast is waiting for it to cook. It takes only a few simple steps to prepare, but the slow roasting required to render it soft and tender to the bite is a wait that I can hardly bear sometimes. On a mellow night, this easy rustic meal is the perfect thing that will warm up the home, and your belly.
The trick to making a successful pot roast is selecting the right cut of beef. Here, I use a 7-bone steak, which is from the chuck section of the cow and includes a cross cut of the shoulder blade. The number 7 is not an indication of how many bones are in the large steak, but refers to the shape of the bone, which is how this particular cut received its name. I use this cut because it has more marbling and a higher fat content, which is ideal in slow roasting. Slow cooking allows the fat to melt into the meat = yummy goodness!
– 1 large 7-bone chuck steak (a 5lb piece is good)
– salt and pepper
– 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
– 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
– 1 pound yukon gold potatoes, quartered
– 1 pound carrots, cut into large 1-inch pieces
– 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1. Preheat oven to 300F. Clean the steak, trimming off any large pieces of hard fat, then pat dry with paper towels. Season both sides with about a teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat. Once the oil is hot, place the rosemary sprigs in the oil, then sear both sides of the steak until nicely caramelized (about 4-5 mins each side).
3. Once the steak is seared, transfer to a large roasting pan, place the potatoes and carrots around it, then sprinkle the oregano over the entire pan. Cover tightly with foil and roast at 300F for 1.5 – 2 hours, until the meat is fork tender. Remove from oven and allow to rest 5 minutes before cutting into large pieces to serve. Be careful of hot steam when removing the foil cover.
4. Wasn’t that easy? Now go eat!
* If you have a stainless steel or aluminum roasting pan, you can sear the roast directly in the pan over the stove. Saves you one step on prep and clean-up, yay!