Irish Honey Pot Roast

YIELD: Makes 8 to 10 servings

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup

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flour

1 tsp. each

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salt and pepper

4 to 5 lb.

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pot roast

,

7-blade, rump or top round

2 T

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oil

1 can (14 oz.)

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beef broth

1/2 cup

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honey

1 cup

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Irish ale

,

substitute apple cider, if desired

4 cloves

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garlic

,

minced

2 tsp.

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dried thyme

2 cups

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carrots

,

chopped

2 cups

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potatoes

,

chopped

2 cups

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parsnips

,

chopped

2 cups

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leeks

,

chopped

1/2 cup

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cold water

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper. Dredge roast in flour mixture, coating all sides. Reserve remaining flour mixture.

In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the roast and sear sides first until well browned.

Next sear and brown the top and bottom of the roast, about 4 to 5 minutes each.

Add broth, honey, ale, garlic and thyme. Cover and roast in oven for 1 1/2 hours.

Add vegetables, cover and cook 1 hour more, or until meat is fork tender.

Remove meat and vegetables to a platter and keep warm.

To prepare gravy, add cold water to reserved flour mixture. Whisk water-flour mixture into remaining juices in Dutch oven pan. Place Dutch oven over medium-high heat and bring mixture to a boil. Continue to stir and cook until thickened. Season to taste and serve with meat and vegetables.

TIP

If desired you may slow cook the roast in a crock-pot. Follow directions above through browning of pot roast. Place vegetables in bottom of crock-pot and place meat on top, cutting as necessary to fit. Add remaining ingredients, except water. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours. Prepare gravy as above.