Monday, October 30, 2006

My first roast!

So any meat besides chicken breasts, steaks, pork chops, and ground beef is generally a little frightening to me. Whole chickens, big roasts or hams, no way. Too high maintenance! All that basting and gravy-making and stuffing--not for me. So I took a baby step this weekend to making a roast: I took a small arm roast (cows have arms?) and made a gravy of water, soy sauce, onion soup mix, garlic, and sauteed onions, and cooked it for a couple hours after browning the meat on the stove. Then I put the meat and onion mixture on French bread, put mozzarella cheese on top, and used the juice for au jus! Roast beef sandwiches! They were delicious. The recipe is on Taste of Home, but it's a subscriber-only recipe, so I don't think you'll be able to see it. Here's the link, nonetheless, and I pasted the recipe here:

1 boneless beef rump roast (4 pounds)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large sweet onions, cut into 1/4-inch slices
6 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
5 cups water
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon browning sauce, optional
1 loaf (1 pound) French bread
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese

In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown roast on all sides in oil; drain. In a large skillet, saute onions in 2 tablespoons of butter until tender. Add the water, soy sauce, soup mix, garlic and browning sauce if desired. Pour over roast. Cover and bake at 325° for 2-1/2 hours or until meat is tender. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Return meat to pan juices. Slice bread in half lengthwise; cut into 3-in. sections. Spread remaining butter over bread. Place on a baking sheet. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Top with beef and onions; sprinkle with cheese. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with pan juices. Yield: 12 servings.

Audrey or readers, if you have a great recipe for roast that actually keeps the meat moist and flavorful, please post it!