5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking Pot Roast — Meat Market

I did not grow up eating pot roast, a fact much lamented by my husband who puts pot roast on his long list of favorite foods from his childhood. In the early years of our relationship, I tried regularly to impress him with a luscious, fork-tender recipe like the one he grew up eating. Many mistake=riddled dishes of mushy vegetables and stringy meat followed before I finally learned a proper technique for this beloved dish.

I tell you this only to disprove the folks who swear that pot roast is something you can't screw up and to share the mistakes I made over many years so you never have to make them yourself.


What’s the Difference Between Top Round Roast and Chuck Roast? — Meat Market

When pot roast, stew, or a hearty roast beef is on the menu, the success of your meal starts with the cut of beef you buy at the grocery store. There's an important distinction that sets these large, budget cuts apart, despite similar appearances and names. Know the difference between top round roast and chuck roast (plus when to use each) and you're in for a delicious dinner.


Americans Are Eating 20% Less Beef than They Were a Decade Ago. Here’s Why. — Food News

Imagine the typical American diet and you may think of lunches filled with beef burgers and regular steak dinners. Perhaps that was the case once upon a time, but there's been a shift in the American diet.

The change is a gradual one over the course of nearly a decade that has resulted in a decline in beef consumption. According to a new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Americans dropped their beef intake by 19 percent from 2005 to 2014.


How To Cook Classic Beef Pot Roast in the Oven — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Pot roast was a one-pot wonder long before that was a term for homey dishes that are both inexpensive and require little hands-on cooking. This dish has long been the Sunday night dinner that makes a large number of servings (and incredible leftovers) while perfuming the whole house. After a few hours of cooking, you have tender pieces of beef in a rich, meaty glaze, surrounded by melt-in-your-mouth carrots, potatoes, and onions all soaked in the beef's gravy. It's a dish only a long, slow braise could deliver.

While it is near impossible to screw up a pot roast, there are a few steps that make this dish worthy of its celebrated status. Choosing the right cut of meat and the best potatoes for braising, and making a lush gravy are chief among them. Now, I haven't tasted your mother's pot roast, but I can say without question that this is the best beef pot roast you can make at home in your own oven.


Use Your Instant Pot for Fast & Flavorful Beef Stew — Delicious Links

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The official first day of spring has come and gone, but that doesn't mean we're saying goodbye completely to some of our favorite winter dishes. Take beef stew, for example — it's warm and comforting and will make you feel all sorts of cozy on a chilly spring evening.

But you probably don't have four hours to spare after work to create a rich, complex beef stew in the oven. Enter: the Instant Pot. With only six ingredients and 45 minutes, this is how you make beef stew on a weeknight.


Recipe: Naan Wraps with Homemade Cucumber Raita — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

On weekends I do my shopping at a co-op with a huge selection of food and groceries, but if I need to fill in the gaps during the week I pop into our neighborhood grocery store. While the options aren't as plentiful, our local store has quite a few draws, like the packaged naan that tastes almost as good as homemade. These naan wraps are a mid-week family favorite. They're filled to the brim with cumin-spiced lamb, shredded iceberg lettuce, and a quick homemade cucumber raita.


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