Friday, October 11, 2013

Wine braised beef chuck with garlicky wilted spinach on polenta

This was dinner a few nights ago.  It was tasty.  I wanted something simple, hearty, and something that would make great leftovers.  This fit the bill.

The night before, I just seared a 2lb grass-fed chuck roast on both sides in a dutch oven, and let it cool off.  Then I added several small cloves of garlic, 2 small sliced onions, some red pepper flakes, a couple chopped carrots, and a rib of chopped celery, plus a few tablespoons of tomato paste.  Then I covered it and stuck it in the fridge overnight.

braised beef chuck on polenta
That'll show me.. Always take food photos with a real camera.  This looked nice on my tiny phone screen...
The next day, when Craig went home for lunch(around noon), I had him dump half a bottle of red wine in the pot, and put it in the oven at 275.  Around 5:30 it got uncovered and brought out onto the stovetop.  I removed the meat, and allowed it to simmer off some of the extra liquid while I cooked some organic polenta in chicken stock(cauliflower puree would drop the calorie content significantly and make this a "paleo" recipe), and wilted a few huge handfuls of baby spinach.  Once the spinach had softened, I grated a few cloves of garlic and put some in the spinach and some in the beef braising liquid (it tasted a little... flat, some extra salt, fresh garlic, and fresh ground black pepper brightened it up).  Once the liquid had reduced sufficiently, it was just a matter of getting out my stick blender and coarsely pureeing the veggies.  Made enough for 5 servings.