– 1 1/4 pound trimmed beef chuck roast, cubed (1 inch)
– 8 ounces whole mushrooms, quartered
– 6 ounces celery root, peeled and cubed into 3/4 inch pieces (or sub turnips or radishes)
– 4 ounces pearl onions, trimmed and peeled (or regular onion, large dice)
– 2-3 ribs celery, sliced
– 3 ounces carrot, roll-cut (or sliced)
– 2 cloves garlic, sliced
– 2 tbsp tomato paste
– 2 tbsp olive oil, avocado oil, or bacon grease
– 5 cups beef broth (I used Kettle and Fire bone broth)
– 1 large bay leaf
– 1/2 tsp dried thyme
– salt and pepper to taste
1. Remove the chuck roast from the refrigerator to come to temperature. Quarter the mushrooms and set aside. Wash and chop the vegetables, including the garlic, putting them together in a bowl for later. Trim the excess fat off of the chuck roast (pot roast) and cut into 1-inch cubes. (I used 1 1/4 pounds of meat, but you may use more if you wish.) Thoroughly mix two teaspoons of oil into the beef.
1. Place a dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot on the stove over medium heat. When hot, add the rest of the oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pot. Add the mushrooms and stir to coat. Do not disturb them for 2 minutes. Stir and let them cook for two minutes more. Remove the mushrooms from the pot and add them to the other vegetables.
2. Brown the beef in the pot in batches, adding more oil as needed. Place all of the beef into the pot and stir in the bay leaf, thyme, and tomato paste making sure to coat the beef. Let it cook for less than a minute, then slowly add 1 cup of broth while scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the rest of the broth and bring the stew up to a simmer. Cover and reduce the heat to low-ish and simmer gently for 1 1/2 hours.
3. Insert a fork into a piece of meat to check for tenderness, it should meet little to no resistence. If tough, let it cook another 20 minutes. When tender, add the vegetables and turn up the heat until it simmers. Turn down the heat and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes to an hour or until the vegetables and meat are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Makes 11 cups with approximately 1 3/4 cups per serving.
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