assuming you eat beef, you have got to try this. it was after 6 and i realized i was starving and gabe was coming home soon. not the time to throw a roast in the oven. but since he's worked late this week i thought maybe i have a bit of time. i googled 'beef round roast', opened the first entry and found a 'recipe' 3 lines long. perfect! set the oven to 450, cook 20 minutes, turn off heat and let it sit in there another 20 minutes for each pound. don't open oven door. ok.
i had an idea that maybe i'd slice the meat thinly and put together some interesting tacos. so i took the 2 lb. roast, put some olive oil/salt/pepper on it and seared it in a brand-new all-clad stainless steel pan (thanks mom!). PERFECT SEAR. those pans are awesome. while searing i decided to add some oil to a square roasting pan and some spices: oregano, ancho chili powder, cumin and adobo seasoning. stirred it up to make a little sauce that i swirled the roast in after it was done searing. added garlic and onion and voila! add it to the oven uncovered.
i think it was the best cooked piece of meat i've ever made. just perfect. while it was in the oven i made a horseradish mayo and added some chipotle hot sauce to it. i found some sourdough bread so nixed the taco idea. i served it like this: toasted sourdough, smoky horseradish mayo, thinly sliced beef and some tomato slices on the side. oh, and in the roasting pan the roasted garlic, onion and spices made this sauce that i spooned onto the open face sandwich.
it was one of the best things i've made in a while. it way topped the fancy pate a choux gnocchi with sage, bacon and butternut squash i made last night. anybody visiting my house soon may find this on their plates...
sorry no pics - getting a camera soon!