Weeknight Pot Roast
Instead of slow-cooking for three hours, this meal can be whipped up in less than one!
- 1 2-pound London Broil (about 1 1/2 inches thick)
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
- 1 pound cremini or button mushrooms, quartered
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 3 carrots, cut into 1-inch slices
- 3 parsnips, cut into 1-inch slices
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 sprigs of thyme
- 1/2 cup (about a handful) parsley
- 1 quart beef stock
- 1 pound baby Yukon gold potatoes, cut in half depending on size
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Prepared horseradish
- Loaf of crusty bread
Yields: 4 servings
Preheat broiler. Take the steak out of the refrigerator and let it come up to room temperature.
In the meantime, heat the EVOO, about 2 turns of the pan, and 2 tablespoons of butter in medium saucepot over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted, add the mushrooms and cook about 5 minutes, until brown.
Add the onion, garlic, carrots, parsnips and herbs. Cook until veggies are tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add the potatoes and 3 cups of stock plus one cup of water. Bring up to a bubble then reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes.
As the liquid simmers, place the London broil on a broiler pan. Rub it with about 2 tablespoons of EVOO and season it generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Place the meat under the broiler about 6 inches from the flame for 10-15 minutes, flipping it over halfway through to ensure even cooking. Remove the meat from the broiler and let it rest for about 5 minutes.
While the meat is resting, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to a small skillet over medium-high heat. Once melted, add flour and cook about 1 minute. Whisk in the remaining stock, about a cup, the add the Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard. Once thickened, add the mixture into your saucepot with the veggies.
Ladle the veggie stew into shallow bowls. Cut the steak into thin slices and place it on top. Serve with a dollop of prepared horseradish on top and a nice hunk of crusty bread with butter on the side.
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