Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Pot Roast
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • One 4-pound beef chuck roast
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour, plus more for coating
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into ½-inch wedges
  • 3 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ cup loosely packed parsley leaves, chopped
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle the roast all over with 2½ teaspoons salt and 1½ teaspoons pepper. Coat in flour and shake off any excess. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the roast to the skillet and cook until golden brown on all sides, about 8 minutes, turning as needed. Transfer the roast to the insert of a 6-quart slow cooker, along with the carrots, celery, onions and garlic.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet over medium heat. Add the tomato paste and stir until the oil begins to turn brick-red, about 1 minute. Add the flour and wine and whisk until thick (it's OK if there are some lumps). Add the beef broth, bay leaves, thyme, allspice, ½ teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper and bring to a simmer, whisking, until the gravy is smooth and thickens slightly, about 4 minutes.
  3. Pour the gravy into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. The roast and vegetables should be tender.
  4. Remove the roast and let rest for a few minutes. Discard the thyme stems and strain the vegetables, reserving the gravy. Toss the vegetables with half the parsley and season with salt and pepper. Stir the remaining parsley into the gravy and season with salt and pepper. Slice the roast against the grain. Serve the meat and vegetables on a platter, moistening them with some of the gravy; serve the remaining gravy on the side.

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Broiled Chicken Breasts

Prosciutto Wrapped Broiled Chicken Breasts
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 ounce(s) green beans, stem ends removed
  • 2 teaspoon(s) olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast half
  • 3 thin slices prosciutto
  • 1 wedge(s) lemon, for serving
Instructions
  1. Heat broiler of toaster oven (or oven). On toaster-oven pan (or a small rimmed baking sheet), toss green beans with 1 teaspoon oil. Season with salt and pepper, and push to one side of pan.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper; wrap with prosciutto. Place chicken, seam side down, on other side of pan; rub with remaining teaspoon oil.
  3. Broil until chicken is opaque throughout, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve chicken and green beans with a lemon wedge.

 

Pork Loin Roast

Pork Loin Roast
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Ingredients
  • 6 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon whole fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • One 10-rib pork loin roast (5½ pounds)—chine bone removed, fat trimmed to ¼ inch, rib bones frenched (see Note)
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a mini processor, combine the garlic, rosemary, fennel seeds, ground fennel, crushed red pepper, black pepper and olive oil and process to a paste. Set the pork roast on a large rimmed baking sheet and cut shallow score marks all over the fat. Spread 1 tablespoon of the garlic paste on the underside of the roast; spread the remaining paste all over the scored fat and meaty parts of the roast. Season all over with salt.
  2. Roast the pork, fat side up, for 1 hour. Reduce the oven temperature to 325° and roast the pork for about 35 minutes longer, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 150°. Transfer the roast to a carving board and let rest for 15 minutes. Carve the roast into chops and serve at once.
Notes
MAKE AHEAD The uncooked herb-rubbed pork roast can be covered and refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before roasting.

Have your butcher french (remove the meat from) the rib bones for you.

 

Chicken Daube Provencal

Chicken Daube Provencal
 
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Serve this French beef stew with egg noodles or boiled potatoes. If niçoise olives are not available, kalamata olives, though not authentic, can be substituted. Cabernet Sauvignon is our favorite wine for this recipe, but Côtes du Rhône and Zinfandel also work. Our favorite cut of beef for this recipe is chuck-eye roast, but any boneless roast from the chuck will work. Because the tomatoes are added just before serving, it is preferable to use canned whole tomatoes and dice them yourself--uncooked, they are more tender than canned diced tomatoes. Once the salt pork, thyme, and bay leaves are removed in step 4, the daube can be cooled and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Before reheating, skim the hardened fat from the surface, then continue with the recipe.
Ingredients
  • ¾ounce dried porcini mushrooms, rinsed well
  • 1 boneless beef chuck-eye roast (about 3½ pounds), trimmed of excess fat and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1½teaspoons table salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 ounces salt pork, rind removed
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch rounds (about 2 cups)
  • 2 medium onions, halved and cut into ⅛-inch-thick slices (about 4 cups)
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 bottle red wine (bold, such as a Cabernet)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 strips orange zest (from one orange), removed with vegetable peeler, each strip about 3 inches long, cleaned of white pith, and cut lengthwise into thin strips
  • 1 cup niçoise olives, pitted and drained well
  • 3 anchovy fillets, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme, tied together with kitchen twine 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can (14½ ounces) whole tomatoes, drained and cut into ½-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
Instructions
  1. Cover mushrooms with 1 cup hot tap water in small microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap, cut several steam vents in plastic with paring knife, and microwave on high power for 30 seconds. Let stand until mushrooms soften, about 5 minutes. Lift mushrooms from liquid with fork and chop into ½-inch pieces (you should have about 4 tablespoons). Strain liquid through fine-mesh strainer lined with 1 paper towel into medium bowl. Set mushrooms and liquid aside.
  2. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position; heat oven to 325 degrees. Dry beef thoroughly with paper towels, then season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking; add half of beef. Cook without moving pieces until well browned, about 2 minutes on each side, for total of 8 to 10 minutes, reducing heat if fat begins to smoke. Transfer meat to medium bowl. Repeat with remaining oil and remaining meat.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add salt pork, carrots, onions, garlic, and tomato paste to now-empty pot; cook, stirring occasionally, until light brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Slowly add wine, gently scraping pan bottom to loosen browned bits. Add broth, water, beef, and any juices in bowl. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to full simmer. Add mushrooms and their liquid, orange zest, ½ cup olives, anchovies, thyme, and bay, distributing evenly and arranging beef so it is completely covered by liquid; cover partially and place in oven. Cook until fork inserted in beef meets little resistance (meat should not be falling apart), 2½ to 3 hours.
  4. Discard salt pork, thyme, and bay leaves. Add tomatoes and remaining ½ cup olives; warm over medium-high heat until heated through, about 1 minute. Cover pot and allow stew to settle, about 5 minutes. Using spoon, skim excess fat from surface of stew. Stir in parsley and serve.

 

Chicken Breasts stuffed with Cheese, Tomato, and Basil

 

Chicken Breasts stuffed with Cheese, Tomato, and Basil
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in chicken breast halves (14 ounces each)
  • ½ cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • ⅓ cup drained oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves, about 8
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 ounces Fontina or mozzarella cheese, cut into four pieces
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; set aside. With a paring knife, cut a 1-inch-long slit in thick side of each breast. Insert knife, and without enlarging opening, carefully work around inside to form a pocket (make sure you do not go through the other side).
  2. On a cutting board, pile basil, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, zest, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper; finely chop. Divide mixture evenly, and spoon into breast pockets, spreading it around. Insert one piece of cheese in each breast pocket.
  3. Close pockets, using 2 to 3 toothpicks per breast; arrange, skin side up, on baking sheet. Rub with olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper. Roast until well browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of breast (avoiding bone) reads 165 degrees, 30 to 35 minutes. Let chicken rest 5 minutes; remove toothpicks before serving.