Pot roast prepared using beef chuck roast with carrots and parsley

Pot roast is a braised beef dish[1] made by browning a roast-sized piece of beef before slow cooking the meat in a covered dish, sometimes with vegetables, in or over liquid. Tougher cuts such as chuck steak, boneless chuck steak, short ribs and 7-bone roast are popular cuts for this technique. While the toughness of the fibers makes them unsuitable for oven roasting, slow cooking tenderizes the meat as the liquid exchanges some of its flavor with the beef. The result is tender, succulent meat and a rich liquid that lends itself to gravy.

In North America, where it is also known as "Yankee pot roast",[2] the dish is often served with vegetables such as carrots, potatoes and onions simmered in the cooking liquid. Pot roast is an American variation of the French dish boeuf à la mode that has been modified by influences from German Americans and American Jews.


According to food writer James Beard, French immigrants to New England brought their cooking method called à l'étouffée for tenderizing meats. Later immigrants from Germany to Pennsylvania and the Mid West cooked sauerbraten and marinated roasts, larded and slow cooked for taste and tenderness. In New Orleans, daube was a popular dish. Jewish immigrants brought in adaptations from Hungary, Austria, and Russia.[3]


Boliche with rice and plantains

Boliche is a Cuban pot roast dish consisting of eye round beef roast stuffed with ham[4][5] browned in olive oil simmered in water with onions until the meat is soft, and then quartered potatoes added.[6]

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  1. ^ Peterson, J. (2014). Done.: A Cook's Guide to Knowing When Food Is Perfectly Cooked. Chronicle Books LLC. p. 16. ISBN 978-1-4521-3228-0. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  2. ^ pot roast Definition in the Food Dictionary at Epicurious.com
  3. ^ Beard, James (2009) [originally published 1972]. James Beard's American Cookery. New York: Little, Brown & Co. ISBN 978-0-31-606981-6.
  4. ^ MacVeigh, J. (2008). International Cuisine. Cengage Learning. p. 488. ISBN 978-1-111-79970-0. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Linares, R. (2016). Chef Ronaldo's Sabores de Cuba: Diabetes-Friendly Traditional and Nueva Cubano Cuisine. American Diabetes Association. p. pt187. ISBN 978-1-58040-656-7.
  6. ^ Cox, B.; Jacobs, M. (2016). Eating Cuban: 120 Authentic Recipes from the Streets of Havana to American Shores. Abrams. p. pt134. ISBN 978-1-68335-182-5. Retrieved March 7, 2017.

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