Ellen Bales Recipe


By Ellen Bales Starwriter

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Ellen's Story

What could be better than bacon and pot roast together? Toss in some garlic--a lot--and onion and you're on your way to a fantastic meal!
Recipe & photo: bhg.com


3 to 3-1/2 lb
beef chuck pot roast
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
black pepper
2 Tbsp
olive oil
6 slice
applewood smoked bacon, diced
1 1/2 c
coarsely chopped onion
8 clove
garlic, smashed
1 can(s)
(14.5 oz.) reduced-sodium beef broth
2 Tbsp
snipped fresh thyme
1 Tbsp
snipped fresh rosemary
3 medium
carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
10 small
red and/or yellow new potatoes, quartered

Directions Step-By-Step

Trim the fat from meat; season with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. In a 6-qt. Dutch oven, brown the meat on all sides in the hot olive oil over medium-high heat. Transfer to a plate.
Add the bacon to the oil in pot. Cook until browned, stirring occasionally. Transfer half of the cooked bacon to a paper towel; cover and chill until serving.
Add the onion and garlic to the bacon in the pot. Cook and stir about 5 minutes until onion is tender and starting to brown. Return the roast to the pot and add broth, thyme, and rosemary. Bring to a boil and cover.
Place pot in a preheated 325-degree oven and bake for 1-3/4 hours. Add the carrots and potatoes and cover. Bake for another 45 minutes or until meat and vegetables are tender.
Transfer the meat and vegetables to a platter and cover to keep warm. Skim the fat from liquid in the pot; strain through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Return strained liquid to the pot and bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve sauce with meat and vegetables. Sprinkle with reserved bacon and additional fresh thyme.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Roasts
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy, Heirloom

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Ellen Bales Starwriter
Mar 2, 2014
Thanks so much for the stamp of approval, Pearl!
Pearl Florick pearliedee
Mar 2, 2014
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Ellen Bales Starwriter
Mar 1, 2014
So happy to hear it, Pearl! I can't wait to try it--thanks for testing it!
Pearl Florick pearliedee
Mar 1, 2014
Ellen, made this tonight for dinner and it was a HUGE HIT!!!!! My husband (very picky eater) scared me because I didn't think he was ever going to stop eating!!!! That bacon really brought it home! Fantastic recipe! Fantastic dinner! Many thanks for posting this, I am tearing up my other pot roast recipes!!!!
Ellen Bales Starwriter
Mar 1, 2014
Oh, good! Please let me know how you both like it, Pearl!