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Braised Beef with Red Onion Gremolata


Braised Beef with Red Onion Gremolata recipe

Makes 8 servings

Most braises start by browning the meat. Not this one. The cooked meat is sliced, floured, and SEARED at the end, which lends a pro touch to this dish.



  • 5 pounds boneless beef chuck roast
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bunch thyme


  • 1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 red jalapeño or Fresno chile, with seeds, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely grated lemon zest
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper


  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


For beef:
Preheat oven to 325°F. Tie roast with kitchen twine at 1″ intervals; season with salt and pepper.

HEAT OIL in a large ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Cook onions, stirring occasionally, until soft, 10–15 minutes. Add wine, vinegar, and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until reduced by half, 10–12 minutes. Add garlic and broth and return to a simmer; add roast and thyme. Cover and braise in oven, turning roast occasionally, until roast is tender, 2 1/2–3 hours.

Transfer roast to a large baking dish and strain braising liquid over. Cover and chill onions. Cover roast at least 12 hours.

DO AHEAD: Roast can be braised 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.

For gremolata:
Combine onion and vinegar in a medium bowl. Let sit 30 minutes; drain. Add chile, basil, chives, parsley, and lemon zest and toss; season with salt and pepper.

For assembly:
Scrape fat from beef; discard. Transfer beef to a cutting board. Bring solidified braising liquid to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 2 cups, 25–30 minutes. Add vinegar and braised onions; season sauce with salt and pepper.

Place flour in a shallow bowl. Remove twine from roast and slice into eight 1–1 1/2″ pieces; season with salt and pepper. HEAT OIL in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, dredge meat in flour and cook until browned and crisp, about 4 minutes per side. Arrange on a platter and drizzle with sauce; top with gremolata.



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Literally hours after the network announced its new cast and trailer for Season 7, and that Porsha’s status on the show was downgraded from “main cast” to “recurring,” she posted a picture of PHILADELPHIA EAGLES running back LeSean McCoy that has since been removed. She captioned it “#BabySteps.”


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