Beef Roast I

Beef Roast I
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 pounds boneless chuck roast
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Heat a heavy Dutch oven on top of the stove over medium high heat. Add oil, and sear meat in the center of the pan for 4 minutes. Turn meat over with tongs; sear all sides for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove meat from pan. Arrange onion, garlic, and 1 bay leaf in the bottom of the pan, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Return meat to pan, place remaining bay leaf on top of meat, and cover.
  3. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Reduce the heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and cook for 1½ hours. Remove roast to a platter to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Slice, and top with onions and gravy.
Alternatives
  1. Before roasting, make a paste of these items and spread over meat:
  2. tablespoons minced garlic
  3. teaspoons dried thyme
  4. teaspoon dried rosemary
  5. tablespoon salt
  6. teaspoon pepper
  7. tablespoon olive oil