Nothing satisfies more than an old-fashioned pot roast. For a family of four, I cook a 4-pound boneless beef chuck roast and have plenty left over for this hearty Eastern European-style soup.
Here’s my favorite pot roast recipe. Rub the roast all over with a tablespoon each of dried thyme, crushed rosemary, paprika and coarse salt. Sprinkle it liberally with pepper, and let the roast sit at room temperature while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Thinly slice 3 large onions and chop 6 cloves of garlic. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a Dutch oven and brown the meat on all sides. Remove the meat and add 1/2 cup of water to the pan, scrape up any brown bits using a wooden spatula, then return the meat to the pan. Top the meat with the onions and garlic, cover and braise for 1 1/2 hours in a 350-degree oven. Turn the meat over and braise 1 hour longer. Turn the meat once more and cook until fork tender, about 30 minutes. Slice and serve over mashed potatoes topped with some of the braised onions and broth. Add some glazed baby carrots to make this meal a cool-weather treat.