Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Comfort Food

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Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Classic and simple, you don't really need a recipe, but if you insist.
prep time: 30 Mcook time: 1 H & 30 Mtotal time: 1 H & 60 M


For the Roast
  • 2-3 lb chuck roast
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup Cabernet
Green Beans
  • 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tbsp of the onion chopped from above
  • Salt and pepper
Mashed Potatoes
  • 2-3 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk or cream (more if necessary
  • 2 tbsp butter
For the Gravy
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper
  • broth from the cooked roast


How to cook Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

For the Roast
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°, and season the chuck roast on all sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder.
  2. Heat a dutch oven on your cooktop, and drizzle some peanut or olive oil in the bottom.  Sear the chuck roast on all sides, this takes about 10 minutes.
  3. Turn the heat off, and add the spices to the meat and add the water.  Place the lid on and put it in the oven - this will cook for at least 2.5 hours.  Check midway through to make sure it has water.
For the Beans - 45 minutes before roast is done.
  1. In 2 qt. saucepan, bring 1 tbsp of butter to melt.  Add 3 tbsp of the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes.  Add the beans,  salt and pepper, and cover. 
  2. Bring to a boil and cook until tender.
For the Mashed Potatoes - Begin after the beans are cooking
  1. Peel and cut into sections the potatoes.  Rinse well.  In a 3 qt. saucepan, cover with water, add salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  2. When fork tender, use the lid being very careful to drain the water from the pot.  Add butter, and put the lid on - a good place to do this is inside your sink.  Allow this to sit for 5 minutes so the butter melts.
  3. Add the cream or milk, salt and pepper and mash the potatoes to your desired consistency.  Some people like them stiff, some not.  Add cream/milk as necessary.
To Bring it together and Make the Gravy
  1. Remove the roast from the dutch oven and pour the liquid into a measuring cup (heatproof) and be careful, it's hot and it's heavy.
  2. Add 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp flour to the pan and turn the heat to medium low.  Cook the mixture for 1-2 minutes to cook the raw taste out of the flour.  
  3. Add the wine if you are using it, cook for an additional minute till starting to thicken, then add your broth back in to the desired consistency.  You will more than likely not need all of it, so start with 1/2 cup and add from there.
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