French roast is sometimes called New York boneless brick or just plain New York roast. It is an excellent cut of meat that gets really soft when prepared the right way. French roast ranges in weight from 2 to 7 lbs. and should be cooked covered for aproximately 30 minutes per pound.
- 1 bottle decent-quality red wine -
- 1 Tbsp black peppercorns -
- 1 French roast (approximately 5 lbs.) -
- 3-4 stalks celery -
- ½ cup baby carrots or large carrots -
- 1 large onion -
- 1 sprig rosemary -
- Black pepper and salt -
- ¼ stick margarine or ¼ cup oil -
- 4 portobello mushrooms, sliced -
- 1 tsp potato starch -
- 1½ cups cold water -
1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
2. Pour half the bottle of wine into a sealable bag with peppercorns and meat. Make sure the meat gets covered with wine. Marinate overnight or for 3 hours in the refrigerator.
3. Cut celery, carrots and onion into pieces, place into baking dish with the meat and pour marinade over. Tuck rosemary under the meat and sprinkle meat with black pepper and salt.
4. Bake, covered, for 2½ to 3 hours or until tender.
1. Once cooked, remove meat from pan along with one cup reserved gravy. Set rosemary sprig aside for garnish.
2. Pour all other juices and vegetables from pan into a small pot and add one cup wine. Simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes on medium heat (liquid level should reduce a bit). Using an immersion blender, blend all ingredients together and then strain through a sieve or strainer to remove any whole pieces.
3. Meanwhile, preheat another skillet and place margarine in it to melt. Once the margarine has melted, add mushrooms and sauté for 2 minutes. Pour mushroom and margarine mixture into blended sauce and stir together. Before serving, dissolve potato starch in cold water; pour into gravy mixture and mix well as you heat it up to serve.
4. You can serve the sauce poured over the sliced meat or in a separate gravy dish. It is excellent over starchy side dishes or even potato crêpes.