Is there anything better than a pot roast? Seriously, it’s a one-stop pot filled with nothing but love and gravy!!! Picture it, a beautiful roast surrounded with perfectly tender carrots, onions, celery, garlic, and thyme all married together in beautiful gravy made from butter, wine, and stock then served over mashed potatoes…sign me up please! Is your mouth watering, yet? Mine definitely is!!!
You can try this delicious dish at the Liberty Tree Tavern at Walt Disney World. There’s nothing like stepping back into time as you enter Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park.
But, since most of us don’t actually live at the Magic Kingdom, you can also make this dish at home as those nice, crisp winter nights start to set in! Thanks to Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs, we’re gonna break this recipe down step by step with pictures for you to make and enjoy at home. So, let’s get started!
-1/4 cup vegetable oil
-3 pounds boneless beef shoulder roast
-1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
-2 cups large diced carrots
-2 cups large diced celery
-2 cups large diced onion
-1/4 chopped garlic
-2 tbls chopped fresh thyme
-1 cup all purpose flour
-1 cup burgundy wine
-6 cups beef broth (48 oz container)
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Step 2: Prep all of your veggies! Clean, peel, and dice the carrots.
Rough chop the celery.
Peel and slice your onions.
Chop your garlic.
Chop the fresh thyme.
Place all of these prepped items in a large bowl, because they will be hitting the pan at the same time.
Step 3: Heat 1/4 cup oil in heavy pan. Pan should be oven safe and have the ability to be covered.
Brown the meat on all sides. That will take about 2-3 minutes on each side. Do not let it scorch.
Step 4: Remove the meat once browned on all sides and set aside.
Step 5: Add the stick of butter to the pan.
Step 6: After the stick of butter has melted, add carrots, celery, onion, garlic and fresh thyme. Sauteé until vegetables are tender.
Step 7: Stir in the one cup of flour and continue cooking until flour is lightly browned.
Step 8: Stir in the wine.
Step 9: Stir in the beef broth.
Step 10: Add the meat back into the pan.
Step 11: Cover and bake for 40 minutes to an hour, or until roast is fork tender.
Serve with mashed potatoes and fresh bread…enjoy!!!:)
This dish is the perfect hearty meal to serve to your family. I can almost picture the colonists making this pot roast in New England to serve up for dinner.
That reminds me, this is a great dish to get the kids involved. While you are cooking, you can put them to work looking up the history of New England colonists and how they cooked meals back then. Just wait till your kids find out that they didn’t have heat! This is a great activity to keep them busy while you are cooking and makes great conversations at the dinner table while eating! It’s also a great meal to make as you dream about your next trip to the Magic Kingdom!
There you have it, dinner and your kids excited about a history lesson! What more could you ask for? I’d love to know how this dish turns out for you…just let me know in the comment section below!
A Few Lessons I Learned
As with all recipes, you usually find helpful ways to make it easier to make them. This section is filled with helpful hints that I learned while making this recipe and doing research on some of the ingredients! I hope they help you, too!
-The recipe said that this dish is great when paired with an Australian Shiraz, because the fruity aromas pair well with the flavors of this dish. So I used one cup of the Shiraz in my dish instead of the burgundy. That way, we had wine with our meal that really matched the flavors of the dish and I didn’t have to have two bottles of wine open with this one meal.
-My butcher warned me that this cut of meat is particularly tough, and boy was he right! Be prepared to leave your pot in the oven for at least the hour it calls for and a little longer of possible. This is definitely a carving roast.
-From all my years of watching the Food Network, I have learned a thing or two about meat…it’s better to leave the meat out of the fridge for a little bit before searing. You don’t want the really cold meat to hit the really hot pan. That’s how it will scorch. As you prep the veggies, just leave your roast on a plate out on the counter. It’s also helpful to take a paper towel and pat down the meat to get rid of any excess moisture before sending it to the hot pan!
What’s your favorite meal at the Liberty Tree Tavern? Do you have a favorite Disney dish that you make at home? Chime in!