Strasbourg Rooftops and Red Wine Pot Roast with Honey and Thyme

When it is cold and foggy I immediately think of comfort food.  I want to activate the senses...the house needs to be nice and warm and there must be the smell of "something" in the oven wafting through the house.   I had a chuck roast in the freezer and pot roast on my mind!  We all have made pot roast numerous ways.  Sometimes I wonder if I have made it the same way twice!  I have...but I do like to vary it now and again.  I had some red wine, beef broth, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and thyme so I could start from there.  There would be mashed potatoes and gravy too!   Cold weather, hardy meal equals comfort!

Red Wine Pot Roast with Honey and Thyme

1 chuck roast
Salt and fresh ground pepper
4-5 Tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, large dice
3 cloves garlic, mashed
5 carrots, peeled, rough cut
1 large sweet potato
2 cups beef broth
2 cups red wine (medium-bodied)
1-2 Tbs tomato paste
2 Tbs honey
6 sprigs thyme
6-7 potatoes, peeled, chunked (can be added to pot or make mashed potatoes)
1 Tbs butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Season roast with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large oven-safe pot.  Brown the meat well on all sides, about 10-12 minutes.  Remove and set aside on a plate.  Lower heat to medium and saute the onions, garlic for five minutes.  Add the broth, tomato paste, wine, honey and thyme.  Stir to combine.  Put the roast back in the pot.

Cover and transfer to the oven.  Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, turn the meat once.  After one hour, add the sweet potatoes, potatoes if you aren't mashing them, and carrots.  Cover and continue to bake until the vegetables and meat are fork tender.

Remove the meat and vegetables from the pot.  If you are mashing the potatoes, thicken the sauce to make gravy and finish with the butter.


On our rainy tour of Strasbourg, I was craving comfort food.  It was cold, I was wet, the camera lens seemed to always have a water spot and I was hungry!  The rooftop talk didn't help.  What?  A rooftop talk?

Yes, I learned that the very old homes have small openings/vents in the roof.   Hundreds of years ago, the families stored their food in the attic and the openings allowed the air in so that the food was kept cool.  What about the summer, you ask....I had the same question.  I did a little research and didn't find too much other than keeping food dried out preserved it and what better way than keeping it in a warm and airy place?

I looked at a lot of rooftops....and thought about food...wish I had had some pot roast!

I am sending this over to Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.  Thank you for hosting, Susan!


  1. Oh, that pot roast does look good for a cold winter's night. Fun to see the roof tops. Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

  2. Well, the pot roast looks deliciousBut how interesting is that rooftop! I never realized that vents would be that big!

  3. That pot roast looks yummy! Photos of rooftops are great!
    Joyce M

  4. That pot roast looks delicious! Perfect comfort food :)

  5. First the pot roast - what a great photo. I was going to post about pot roast last week and my photos were so awful I threw them away. You've made pot roast look glamorous. Bravo.

    Now the rooftops. Rooftops in Europe are beautiful as well as fascinating. Thanks for "looking up." Beautiful photos Kate.

  6. I think that pot roast is one of those comforting food we all dream about. I always equate it with Sundays but there is no reason it can't be an every day occurance...and the leftovers....sigh.

  7. Yes comfort food at it's best..always love when you share your travel photos..:)

  8. Ahhh...pot roast...yummy! I would think they would keep food stored in a basement where it would stay cooler...but then what do I know??

  9. Wonderful photos and a dinner idea too. Great post.

  10. Great pics, such detail. Great mael too, a favorite kind of my husband for sure.

  11. Your blog is so lovely and I awarded you a Stylish Blogger Award via my blog. Congrats and can I come over for some pot roast?

  12. Delicious pot roast and gorgeous pictures.

  13. Just looking at that dish of food is making me feel warmer. And I love the idea of using sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes!
    The rooftops are fascinating. Super photos, Kate!

  14. I came across your blog through the foodie blog roll, and wow am I sure glad I did! This recipe not only looks good but sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it!


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