Gascony Style Pot Roast

This is a traditional holiday dish, often made on Christmas Eve to serve on Christmas Day. Serve with mashed potatoes and winter vegetables.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 6 hours 25 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 6


  • 1 top or bottom round beef roast (4 lbs.)
  • 4 cloves garlic, slivered
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1⁄8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 slice bacon, cut into pieces
  • 4 small shallots, peeled and halved
  • 2 medium red onions, peeled and quartered
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1⁄4 cup cognac
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1⁄4 cup cornstarch mixed with 1⁄3 cup cold water, until smooth


  • Preheat the oven to 250°F.
  • Make several cuts in the meat and put slivers of garlic in each. Rub the roast with salt, pepper, and pinches of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Heat the bacon on the bottom of a Dutch oven. Remove the bacon before it gets crisp, and brown the roast for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  • Surround the roast with shallots, onions, and carrots. Add the cognac, wine, beef broth, thyme, and cloves.
  • Place in the oven for 5 to 6 hours. When the meat is done to your liking, place the roast on a warm platter.
  • Add the cornstarch-and-water mixture to the pan juices and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Slice the roast. Serve the sauce over the pot roast with the vegetables surrounding the meat.