Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions

This recipe is reminiscent of a pot roast made with onion-soup mix, but the flavors are true and puree--and nobody misses the excess sodium.

Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • 1

    * 1 4-pound beef chuck roast, (see Ingredient note), trimmed of fat

  • ½

    * ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • * Freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • 4

    * 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2

    * 2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced (4 cups)

  • 4

    * 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1

    * 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¾

    * ¾ cup strong brewed coffee

  • 2

    * 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 2

    * 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water

Directions

Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 300°F. 2. Season beef with salt and pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook, turning from time to time, until well browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate. 3. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pot. Add onions, reduc