Braised Beef Ragu Ingredients
1 2.5 to 3 lb, Beef Chuck Roast
2 Tbs Olive Oil
5 Garlic Cloves – diced
1 Yellow Onion (large) – diced
1 Carrott – diced
1 28 oz Can San Marzano Tomatoes – puree in a blender or food processor.
¼ Cup Tomato Paste
½ Cup Low Sodium Beef Broth 8 Fresh Basil leaves– chopped
1 tsp. Smoked Paprika or red chili flakes. I used a hot Hungarian paprika, as it has a wonderful spice and flavor.
Parmesan Polenta Ingredients
8 Tbs. Salted Butter
1 Small Yellow Onion – diced
2 Cups Whole Milk
4 Cups Low-Sodium Beef Broth
1 ½ Cups Polenta – Corn Grits
1 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Slow Braised Beef Ragu Directions
- Trim chuck roast, removing excess fat. You want a good layer of fat but not too much. Many YouTube videos are showing how much fat to trim from your pot roast.
- Pat pot roast with a paper towel and dry.
- Liberally season roast with salt and pepper on all sides.
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, sear all sides of the pot roast until nicely browned.
- Place the roast into a slow cooker, and add garlic, onion, carrots and tomatoes, tomato paste, beef broth, basil, and paprika.
- Cook on low for 8 hours until tender. Shred beef and taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste. Meat should shred easily.
Parmesan Polenta Directions
- In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt 4 Tbs. Of butter. When butter has melted add diced onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Increase heat to medium-high, add beef broth and milk, and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, add polenta slowly, whisking continuously. Once the polenta has been added, continue whisking for about 2 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low, simmer and cover.
- Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring thoroughly every 5 minutes, making sure that polenta does not burn. After 30 minutes, the polenta should be creamy. If not continue to stir and recheck in 5 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in remaining 4 Tbs of butter.
- Add parmesan cheese, small amounts at a time, stirring into polenta completely before adding more parmesan. You can add more milk if the mixture becomes too thick.
- Taste and add salt if needed.
Pair with Iron Hub Old Vine Zinfandel.