Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).
Boneless Chuck Roast (1)
dry with a paper towel. Season the roast all over with
Kosher Salt (1 Tbsp)
Freshly Ground Black Pepper (1/2 Tbsp)
. Dredge the whole roast in
All-Purpose Flour (as needed)
including the ends.
In a large Dutch oven, heat
Olive Oil (2 Tbsp)
over medium heat. Add the roast and sear for 4 to 5 minutes, until nicely browned.
Turn and sear the other side and then turn and sear the ends. This should take 4 to 5 minutes for each side. Remove the roast to a large plate.
Olive Oil (2 Tbsp)
to the Dutch oven. Add the
Carrots (2 cups)
Yellow Onions (2 cups)
Celery (2 cups)
Leeks (2 cups)
Garlic (5 cloves)
, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper and cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender but not browned.
Dry Red Wine (2 cups)
Brandy (2 Tbsp)
, bring to a boil. Add the
Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes (1 can)
Chicken Stock (1 cup)
Chicken Base (1 tsp)
Fresh Thyme (3 sprigs)
Fresh Rosemary (2 sprigs)
together with kitchen string and add to the pot. Taste for seasoning, add salt and pepper if necessary.
Put the browned roast back into the pot, bring to a boil, and cover. Place the covered Dutch oven in the oven for a total of 2 1/2 hours, until the meat is fork-tender or about 160 degrees F (70 degrees C) internally. After the first hour, turn the heat down to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) to keep the sauce at a low simmer.
Remove the roast to a cutting board. Remove the herb bundle and discard. Skim off as much fat as possible from the sauce.
Transfer half the sauce and vegetables to a blender or a food processor fitted with the steel blade and puree until smooth. Pour the puree back into the pot, place it on the stovetop over low heat, and return the sauce to a simmer.
All-Purpose Flour (2 Tbsp)
Unsalted Butter (1 Tbsp)
in a small bowl and mash them together with a fork. Stir into the sauce and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring until thickened.
Taste for seasonings. Place the roast back in the pot with the gravy to heat through.
When ready to serve, slice the meat. Enjoy while warm with the sauce spooned over it.