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Variation on Lillian Hellman's Pot Roast

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This is taken from Nora Ephron's novel Heartburn. Ephron's heroine and alter-ego, Rachael, does this as a whole pot-roasted piece of beef fillet. I do it as a beef casserole instead.


Serves: 4

  • cubed chuck steak (or beef bolar blade)
  • 1 can mushroom soup (cream of)
  • 1 packet french onion soup mix
  • 1 large finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups water
  • bouquet garni
  • 1 crushed bay leaf
  • oil
  • flour (seasoned)


Variation on Lillian Hellman's Pot Roast is a community recipe submitted by gastrohoover and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Coat cubes of meat in seasoned flour and saute in some oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy casserole until browned. A
  • dd onion and garlic. Stir.
  • Throw in all other ingredients and cover with a tight fitting lid. Simmer for one to two hours.
  • Serve with crusty bread and the leftover wine.
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    • What can I use instead of cream of mushroom soup - I can't eat it?

      Posted by cattaylor on 3rd July 2013
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