Project Description

Sunday Pot Roast with Gravy

Courtesy of Emily Wilkens, Hospitality and Membership Specialist

Serves 6

Stew Calistoga

Kosher salt
Ground black pepper
Smoked paprika
1 (4 to 5 pound) chuck roast
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon celery seed
2 whole sweet yellow onions, peeled and halved
6 to 8 whole carrots, peeled or unpeeled, sliced
1 cup red wine
2-3 cups beef broth
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme

If adding vegetables
6 Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into chunks
4 carrots peeled, cut into 2-inch chunks
2 sweet yellow onion, peeled and cut into chunks
½ pound mushrooms, quartered

For the gravy if needed
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ cup water


Preheat oven to 325F. Generously sprinkle chuck roast with kosher salt, black pepper and smoked paprika. Heat olive oil and butter in large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Place the prepared meat in the pot. Sear each side for 5 minutes. Once seared, remove meat from the pot and place on a plate. Set aside.

Place halved onions in the pot with garlic and celery seed. Brown onions on both sides, remove from heat. Place carrots in the pot and cook until lightly browned. Remove from pot and place with the onions.

With the burner on medium-high, slowly pour the wine into the pot. Deglaze (remove cooked goodies stuck in the pot) by scraping the bits off the bottom while the wine boils. Once the pot is deglazed, return the meat back into the liquid. Place onions and carrots on top of the meat and add beef stock to cover the meat halfway. Add rosemary and thyme on top of the meat. Place the lid on the pot, roast for 3 ½ to 4 hours or until fork tender. If adding extra root vegetables to the roast, add the cut-up vegetables the last hour of cooking. Be sure the lid is on for the remaining cooking time.

Remove rosemary, thyme, root vegetables and cooked roast from the pot. Immerse a hand-blender into the cooked carrot, onion and pot juices, blend until desired textured is achieved (a blender will work great too). If the gravy is a little on the thin side, stir 2 tablespoons cornstarch with ¼ cup cold water then pour the cornstarch mixture into the gravy. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat to a low boil and stir gravy until it thickens.

Emily’s Heart Story

Sundays are very important to me – it is a day that my family gathers to spend time with one another and have a nice family dinner. My uncle has a beautiful garden, where my kids and I can go to select fresh ingredients for these meals. I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes with you, our Sunday Pot Roast. Enjoy!

Emilys Heart Photo