Old School Middle Eastern Recipes with Some Modern Day Twists

Iraqi Pot Roast (Daube)

Iraqi Pot Roast (Daube)

Pot Roast is a great dish to make for your family and an easy starter dish for beginner cooks. It doesn’t take too much preparation, and all you need is a bit of patience while the roast cooks during the day.

The first time I made this dish was for a dinner party with my parents and my boyfriend’s parents. It was the first time our parents were meeting each other. My boyfriend thought it would be a great idea for us to make dinner instead of going out to eat, but I was left trying to figure out the best meal to cook for the event…I never really hosted a dinner party before! As always, Mom came to the rescue and suggested that I make daube, as it is a flavorful main dish not requiring too much work. It gave me the opportunity to prepare sides and appetizers while the roast cooked in the slow cooker.

Besides waiting for this dish to cook, the most time consuming part is gathering the spices; all certainly necessary to give this roast the Iraqi twist. The collection of spices equates to the smell of all I know to be Middle Eastern cooking and always reminds me of the smell of my Tata’s (Dad’s mom) condo’s hallway leading up to her front door.

This roast can be cooked using a Dutch oven or slow cooker. I just got a Sous Vide for Christmas, so I am tempted to try it with that as well. I’ll provide instructions once I get the opportunity to try that. But for now the slow cooker or Dutch oven work perfectly!

Iraqi Pot Roast (Daube)

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 45 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs chuck roast or top/tip sirloin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Dutch Oven Ingredients

  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp whole cardamom seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Iraqi baharat*/ allspice
  • 1/4 tsp whole peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F
  • Rub roast generously with salt and black pepper
  • In a pan, heat olive oil on medium high heat. Sear roast on all sides to a light brown color
  • Add all Dutch Oven Ingredients to the Dutch oven and mix ingredients together to combine
  • Place seared roast into Dutch oven. Mixture should cover a majority of the roast. If needed, add more beef broth and wine 
  • Cover the Dutch oven and place into the oven
  • After 1 hour, reduce oven heat to 275 F. Remove from the oven after a total of 3.5 hours. The roast should be tender and ready to serve

Notes

This recipe can be used with a slow cooker instead of a Dutch oven. Use the low temperature setting on the slow cooker and cook roast for 6 hours.
*Baharat is a Middle Eastern spice blend. It includes a combination of cardamom, allspice, cumin and many more ingredients. Each household has their own twist on the spice mix, but you can also find it in Middle Eastern grocery stores or my Whole Foods also has it on shelves! Allspice can be used as a replacement if you are unable to find Baharat.



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