Pot Roast for a Small Family


1 (small 1 1/2 lb) chuck roast
2 T all-purpose flour
Fresh ground black pepper to cover the roast
a little bit of salt to accompany the pepper
1 1/2 T vegetable oil (or your favorite high heat oil)
1 small sweet onion, cut into large pieces
3 slender carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal into 1 1/2” lengths
1 stalk celery, include some leaves, and cut into large diagonal pieces
1/2 green bell pepper, deseeded and cut into large pieces
3 garlic cloves
1 cup beef stock
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1/4 t dried thyme
1/4 t ground black pepper
1 bay leaf

Optional: 2 sprigs fresh thyme Read More

Swiss Steak and Gravy


Serves 8-10


1 (2 1/2 lb) chuck roast
2 T flour
Salt and pepper
2 T vegetable oil, or your favorite high heat oil
1 medium onion, cut into large
2 stalks celery, cut into large pieces
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
1 bell pepper, deveined, deseeded, and cut into large pieces
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup beef stock
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T paprika
1 t oregano
1 t granulated garlic
1/4 t ground black pepper
1 T butter, room temperature
2 T flour Read More

Italian Beef Stew with Mushrooms



3 lb chuck roast, trimmed of fat and cubed
1 medium onion, chopped
3 medium red potatoes, chopped, skin on
28 oz tomatoes, squished by hand the Italian way
2 cups carrots, sliced
1/2 cup celery, sliced
6 oz mushrooms, small crimini can be left whole, if large, slice in half
1 t dried oregano
1 t dried thyme
1/2 t fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn in half
1/2 cup beef stock
1 T olive oil
1 bay leaf Read More