Flavor: 4 Out Of 5
Alternative Names: Boneless Blade Eye, Chuck 7-Bone Roast, Chuck Eye Roast, Boneless Chuck Roll, Chuck Pot Roast, Under Blade Pot Roast
The blade is made up of different muscles with varying degrees of toughness.
The many muscles are heavily exercised and contain a lot of connective tissue so therefore chuck roast recipes must be slow cooked at a low heat.
A blade will be tough, stringy and very dry if not cooked with liquid.
The blade has great flavor, can be left whole or the various muscles can be separated. Pick a roast with the right size and shape to suit your needs.
In different regions and countries the blade has various names, cooking pot roast is a family favorite worldwide.
How To Make A Pot Roast
1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees. Season the roast generously with salt and pepper.
2. In a dutch oven or stock pot heat 2 tablespoons of oil on medium high heat. Brown all sides of the roast about 8-10 minutes in total time. Remove the roast from the pot to a plate.
3. Reduce the heat to medium, add chopped onions, celery, garlic or any of your favorite seasonings, stirring, until beginning to brown, 5-6 minutes.
Stir in a 1/4 cup of liquid(such as beef or chicken broth, red wine, soup, canned tomatoes, water or any combination of these) scraping the bottom of pan with spoon to loosen browned bits.
Return roast back to pot and add enough liquid to come halfway up the side of the roast. Cover with lid, bring to a simmer over medium heat and then transfer pot to the oven.
4. Cook, turning the roast every 30-40 minutes for 3-4 hours, until fully tender and a meat fork slices easily in and out of the meat. The last 30-45 minutes of cooking, small potatoes, sliced carrots or sliced parsnips can be added if desired.
5. Transfer the roast from the pot, tent with tinfoil 15-20 minutes before carving into ½ inch slices.
Allow liquid in pot to settle about 5 minutes and skim fat off the surface with a wide spoon. Season with salt, pepper or ¼ cup of dry red wine if desired and boil for 5 minutes.
Use a slotted spoon to remove vegetables and pour sauce over the meat. When it comes to a leftover recipe, pot roast just can't be beat.