Traditional American Pot Roast with Gravy

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John Rundle

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@JohnRundle

I've been making this pot roast once every two weeks for ten years. To say it's a family favorite is an understatement.

Serving suggestion: You will have a lot of gravy. Consider serving with mashed potatoes.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Serves:
4-6 Americans
Prep:
25 Min
Cook:
1 Hr 30 Min

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb
    pot roast (either bottom round or chuck)
  • 28 oz
    beef stock
  • 1
    medium onion, chopped (yellow or a small vidalia)
  • 12
    peppercorns, whole black
  • 3
    cloves
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 4 Tbsp
    flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1/2 c
    cooking oil
  • GRAVY

  • 3 Tbsp
    (heaping) cornstarch

How to Make Traditional American Pot Roast with Gravy

Step-by-Step

  1. Add the cooking oil to a lidded, large, heavy pot or 5 qt dutch oven and heat it almost to the smoking point.
  2. Roll the roast in the seasoned flour, coating all sides.
  3. Fry the pot roast in the pot, turning occasionally until brown on all sides. On the last side, put in the chopped onion and saute alongside the roast. When the color on the onions start to turn, proceed to the next step.
  4. Add the beef stock, peppercorns, cloves, bay leaf, garlic powder and salt. Make sure the liquid in the pot is at least halfway up the sides of the roast. If it isn't, add water until it is.
  5. Cover and heat until you reach a low rolling boil and then simmer on medium low 1 1/2 hours, flipping the roast halfway through. Don't let the liquid get much below one quarter of the way up the roast. If it does, add water. Ideally, when the cooking time is complete the liquid will not be more than 1/4 of the way up the roast.
  6. Remove the roast from the pot, leaving the liquid. As the roast rests, make the gravy.
  7. FOR THE GRAVY: Put the cornstarch into a small measuring cup and add COLD water, as cold as you can get it, just enough to make a slurry. Water that isn't quite cold will make lumpy gravy. Stir until creamy.
  8. Whisk the cornstarch slurry into the liquid slowly and then simmer uncovered 3-5 minutes or until the cornstarch taste goes away and the drippings thicken into gravy.
  9. Slice the roast and serve with the gravy.

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About Traditional American Pot Roast with Gravy

Course/Dish: Beef Roasts



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