Recipe Review

Grandbaby Cakes’ Dutch Oven Pot Roast Is the Ultimate Winter Comfort Food

published Jan 8, 2023
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Hands holding handle of $50 Dutch oven.
Credit: Sarah Crowley

In my humble opinion, a hearty dinner is the best kind of dinner. If I’m not stuffed to the gills and on the verge of entering into a food coma, did I even enjoy my meal? I think not! And one of the best things about a hearty meal is that it usually yields plenty of leftovers. It’s for this exact reason that when I came across Jocelyn Delk Adams’ Dutch oven pot roast, I knew I’d found a great new addition to my weekly dinner lineup. 

Just like with any classic Grandbaby Cakes recipe, Jocelyn does an amazing job walking you through the process as well as explaining the importance of each ingredient and how it affects the final product. So how is this delicious pot roast made? It’s quite simple — and you’ll only need one pot.

Start by stuffing garlic into pockets of the roast and then make a mixture of your favorite seasonings before applying liberally. Next, using a store-bought jar or a homemade batch, apply pesto to the roast as a rub. This will make the recipe stand out from any other roast you’ve had. Sear the roast in a Dutch oven for about 3 minutes, then remove. Add carrots and onions and cook for 2 minutes before adding bay leaves, beef stock, and Worcestershire sauce to the mix.

Place the roast back in and bring everything to a boil before covering and placing in the oven for 3 hours at 300°F.  You can use a slow cooker or pressure cooker for this step, but a Dutch oven ensures a nice, even heating. For those wondering, Jocelyn uses a Staub Dutch oven, which happens to be a favorite of ours too! With an hour remaining, add potatoes to the mix and — while the roast is in the oven — combine lemon zest, parsley, and garlic in a small bowl. Once ready to serve, garnish the roast with your freshly made gremolata seasoning and enjoy!

What makes this recipe a standout is its creative and liberal use of flavors. A major plus for me is a recipe that allows you to experiment and find the perfect version of your favorite meals. You can find the full recipe here, along with plenty of tips and tricks straight from the chef herself.

And if you are on the hunt for more hearty meals, look no further than this vegetable and beef soup and the ever-so-delicious-looking Instant Pot white chicken chili — both of which provide plenty of comfort during these winter months.