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Country Chuck Roast with Mushroom Gravy

This tender, savory roast practically melts in your mouth. It looks a bit complex, but the hands-free oven time makes it my go-to company recipe on a cold day. —Mary Kay LaBrie, Clermont, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (2-1/2 to 3 pounds)
  • 3 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, quartered
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef consomme, undiluted
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 to 4 drops browning sauce, optional
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) light beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Directions

  • With a sharp knife, cut six 1-in.-long slits in meat; insert a garlic clove half into each slit. Combine the brown sugar, salt and pepper; rub over roast.
  • In an ovenproof Dutch oven over medium heat, brown roast in oil on all sides. Add the onion, beef consomme, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, bay leaf and browning sauce if desired.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 hours or until meat is tender. Remove roast to a serving platter; keep warm.
  • Discard bay leaf. Add the mushrooms, beer and thyme to the pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until liquid is reduced by half. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with roast.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounces cooked beef with 1/3 cup gravy: 326 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 750mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.

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