I feel like I’m breaking some sort of oath with myself by releasing this recipe. I’ve guarded this one with my life on more than one occasion, refusing to allow the grail of roast preparation out of the confines of my own kitchen. For me this is something akin to letting a national secret slip into the wrong hands, but the decision has been made and there’s no going back now.
It’s probably guilt that’s motivating this decision. I’m not usually wont to be a recipe hog. Generally, I’ll chat and give (and receive) recipe hints anywhere that I can. In the grocery store, at the checkout, at the bank, at dinner at someone’s house, or on the phone. But not this… This one is different.
This is, quite simply the best-damned beef roast short of a standing rib roast that you’ll ever eat, and for the first time in my life, I’m going to spill the recipe.
“Please take note, Mr or Mrs. Bond, this message will self destruct 10 seconds after completion and will not be repeated”
If you got this far and were looking for a lean beef recipe or something that your arteries won’t groan over, please refer to this post instead. This recipe is about flavor, texture and absolutely sinful food. It should not be served with something light on the side. It should not be served in tiny portions. It is indulgence in the extreme and should be enjoyed with a sense of pride and gluttony.
Having said all that, I will now begin the reading of the sacred parchment. (Well, sacred scraps of various notebook paper, but parchment sounded better.)
The Ultimate Brandy Braised Beef Recipe
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2177Total Fat: 138gSaturated Fat: 56gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 64gCholesterol: 814mgSodium: 420mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 204g
What I would have done differently had I thought about it at the time:
I would have handed the bottle of brandy to my wife instead of taking nips off of it while I was finishing up dinner. Other than that, I would have very much enjoyed a loaf of Sonoma Sourdough French Bread to go with the steak, but a 2,000 mile trip for a loaf of the world’s best bread was simply out of the question.
“Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make the best beef roast you’ve ever had. If you mess this up, we will disavow all knowledge of your involvement and claim that you used someone else’s recipe.
DAMN! That sounds good!
Good doesn’t even begin to cover it. It’s about as close to blasphemous as I’ve ever come… Well, in food anyway.
Oh yummy. I promise not to tell anyone about this little secret (she says with her fingers crossed)
OK, that looks amazing.
i know exactly what you mean! don’t worry we won’t tell a soul ;)
did you know it’s braising week on Apartment Therapy!?
I have copied it and will take it to the grave with me.. well.. after I try making it, that is. ;)
I took a look at AT. I didn’t see anything, but I guess I’ll check again in a bit. Gotta get the next entry off the presses just in case i loose power here. (Thunder storms are-a-ragin
It’s deee-vine, really. My wife didn’t talk at all until she’d finished her plate, and then it was to ask if there were seconds. (there were)
Let me know what you think!
It may be good, but it is not braised. Braised means cooked at low heat for a long time.
Technically it is a braise. It’s cooked over low to medium low heat for at least 20 minutes. or can be placed covered in the oven and cooked at 220 for up to an hour if you choose. cooking the beef quickly results in a very tough cut. Not pleasant at all/
Would you recommend this recipe or similar be used to slow braise beef or veal shanks?
I wouldn’t recommend this method for veal, as it might very well over power the delicate flavor. As for a beef shank, I think it would be a perfect slow braise method. Just flash the alcohol off the brandy before putting it in the oven (Trust me!)
I don’t know what Brandy would taste like but after reading this post, I shall put it to use!!! I recently bought a bottle of Brandy to make a birthday cake and realize that I will only use 2 Tbsp. of it so I’ll have plenty left over. I searched online and found your site!!!
questions, if you dont mind:
does it make a different if I use “Extra Smooth” Brandy vs. other kinds of Brandy? I bought E&J Extra Smooth Brandy and wonder if this is the right kind of brandy to make this dish?
When you start to “simmer” the roast, do I need to occasionally turn it from sides to sides or it’s ok for me to let it sit alone on one side? How long was your simmering time?
I promise I’ll guard this recipe!!! But if it turns out too good, I’m sure I’ll have to share others your link!
If it’s a round roast, then yes, you’ll need to turn it from time to time to keep the meat in the liquid. I prefer using a chuck roast for this particualr application, then you’ll only need to turn it once.
what is the microbial content and its standard for this recipe after marinating or braising and / or before cooking/
Making this for the second time tonight. AWSOME!!!
Glad you liked it! It’s one of my favorite recipes, but so rich that I make it very rarely.
What does the brandy actually do? Is it a good idea for beef bourguignonne? Sorry I have printed this and intend to try it very soon!
I loved this! I did something a little different – cooked it in the oven until the beef hit 130 degrees then, after sauteeing the onion, mushrooms & garlic, I deglazed the pan with a bit more brandy, cooked that off then swirled in about 1/3 cup heavy cream. The meat was perfectly rare all the way through and the sauce was very good. Next time, I’ll leave out the garlic because it burned a bit by the time the mushrooms were done and got a bit aggressive. Otherwise – perfection! Thank you for sharing this!
This recipe is so cool and it looks delicious (because the final presentation is awesome). I haven’t tried cooking foods which involves liquors because imma bit afraid about the end result. Lolz! But anyway, meat dishes are best with the wines.
Hello, I just came across this recipe which looks delicious, when looking for a port wine braised roast. I have a question about the time for cooking. I have always cooked chuck roast at low temp and long roast until very tender. I have never had chuck roast cooked medium or medium rare. Wouldn’t it still be tough as the connected tissue wouldn’t have time to cook down? Or can this be braised until tender? Thanks for your help!
We prefer ours cooked medium, and yes, it can be a little on the chewy side in places. But you can absolutely cook this low and slow until it is fall-apart tender if you choose. If anything, it will just make for richer pan juices!