1 four pound beef chunk roast, trimmed of fat
Fresh ground pepper to taste
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided(try to use only 1/2 of the oil to reduce the fat)
2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced(4 cups)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Season beef with salt and pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook, turning from time to time, until well browned on both sides, 5-7 minutes. Transfer to plate.
Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pot. Add onions, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often until softened and golden, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and thyme; cook, stirring for 1 minute. Stir in coffee and vinegar; bring to a simmer. Return the beef to the pot and spoon some onions over it. Cover and transfer to the oven.
Braise the beef in the oven until fork-tender but not falling apart, 2 1/2-3 hours. Transfer beef to a cutting board, tent with foil and let rest for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, skim fat from the braising liquid; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add cornstarch mixture and cook, whisking, until the gravy thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Season with pepper. Carve the beef and serve with gravy.
252 calories; 6g fat; 2g saturated; 6 mono; 67mg cholesterol; 4g carbohydrate; 32g protein; 0g fiber; 99mg sodium; 49mg potassium
This is a great, clean dinner recipe. I added a mixed green salad and Israel couscous for a side. CLEAN AND MEAN, Trainer Todd