Pot Roast | Basics with Babish

  • Published: 14 February 2019
  • On this episode of Basics, I'm going to show you how to make two different kinds of pot roast: a classic Yankee roast that's as American as apple pie, plus a modern take on the classic French pot roast.

    Ingredients & Shopping List
    + For the Basic Pot Roast:
    9 carrots, peeled (5 chopped for mirepoix, 4 chopped into larger pieces for roast)
    1 small yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
    5 ribs celery, washed and chopped
    1 eye round beef roast
    Kosher salt
    Black pepper
    1 Tbsp tomato paste
    3 cloves garlic
    2 bay leaves
    2 sprigs of rosemary
    2 sprigs thyme
    2 cartons beef broth, divided
    Dry red wine
    4 russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
    Special equipment: dutch oven or braising pot

    + For the Fancy-Ass Pot Roast:
    1 rib celery, chopped
    2 sprigs parsley, plus an additional 1/2 cup chopped parsley
    2 cloves garlic
    2 sprigs thyme
    3 bay leaves
    1 small yellow onion, halved
    2 whole cloves
    1 leek, sliced (just the white part)
    1/2 tsp whole peppercorns
    Kosher salt
    Black pepper
    4 boneless short ribs
    2 marrow bones, about 4-5 inches in length
    Water or beef broth for braising
    6 cornichons, finely chopped
    1/4 cup finely minced chives
    2 Tbsp dijon mustard
    Dash of white wine vinegar
    1 lb red potatoes, halved
    4 carrots, peeled, quartered, and cut into 4-inch segments
    1 bunch asparagus, halved
    Flaky sea salt
    Special equipment: dutch oven or braising pot, mesh sieve

    "Even or Odd", "Kickflip" by Blue Wednesday


    My first cookbook, Eat What You Watch, is available now in stores and online!
    Amazon: a.co/bv3rGzr
    Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/2uf65LX

    Theme song: "Stay Tuned" by Wuh Oh

    Binging With Babish Website: bit.ly/BingingBabishWebsite
    Basics With Babish Website: bit.ly/BasicsWithBabishWebsite
    Patreon: bit.ly/BingingPatreon
    Instagram: bit.ly/BabishInstagram
    Facebook: bit.ly/BabishFacebook
    Twitter: bit.ly/BabishTwitter
  • Entertainment Entertainment

Comments • 1 690

  • Binging with Babish
    Binging with Babish   8 months back

    What's the sexiest place you ever made pot roast?

    • ismail abdelazim
      ismail abdelazim  2 weeks back

      Question does it need the alcokole or is there an alternative, sry and thank you

    • Kelsey Carter
      Kelsey Carter  3 weeks back

      In your room? Haha just joking lol hahah lol..... Unless?😳😳😳

    • 1973Washu
      1973Washu  1 months back

      On a beach in far North Queensland, I used a cast iron dutch oven and cooked it over an open fire.

    • Adolf Hitler
      Adolf Hitler  1 months back

      My kitchen

    • DB Cooper's MoneyBags
      DB Cooper's MoneyBags  2 months back

      @Vincent Patrick lol

  • me
    me  1 days back

    How about roasting the marrow bones first? Or using smoked ones?

    • MegaAaron42
      MegaAaron42  2 days back

      Another in the line up of failed instructional cooking videos my dog can cook better roast than this it comes out like fire wood

      • Edin567vfx
        Edin567vfx  1 weeks back

        No one literally nobody. Flying onions:ight I’m a head out

        • Leslie Vosburg
          Leslie Vosburg  1 weeks back

          Yo where the FUCK is your crock pot?

          • CeeCee Spangler
            CeeCee Spangler  2 weeks back

            Just made it and currently eating it. It is indeed amazing.

            • Martimus Prime
              Martimus Prime  2 weeks back

              Yeaaaaaa....I’m gonna make the fancy-ass one.

              • zhudm
                zhudm  2 weeks back

                That Pot au Feu though !

                • Soren Ingram
                  Soren Ingram  2 weeks back

                  good as far as it goes

                  • Michael Pitaniello
                    Michael Pitaniello  2 weeks back

                    Super appreciate the yankee roast. I've been trying my own way for a while, but it dries out something fierce and never quite hits right. This helps out a lot; thanks!

                    • Nicholas Brehany
                      Nicholas Brehany  2 weeks back

                      God bless you

                      • Ian Anderson
                        Ian Anderson  3 weeks back

                        You should add Worcestershire sauce it makes the roast and broth much better

                        • Grass Hopper
                          Grass Hopper  3 weeks back

                          I would LOVE to see an episode where you cook for Gordon Ramsey.

                          Don't get me wrong, I think Ramsey is entirely overrated, but it would be hella entertaining nonetheless.

                          • Simon Larsen
                            Simon Larsen  3 weeks back

                            4:41 had my eyes bleeding

                            • Tonnerre Fuego
                              Tonnerre Fuego  3 weeks back

                              I mean literally nobody:
                              Not even God:
                              Not even the Universe:
                              Babish: k o s h e r s a l t

                              • cavey davey
                                cavey davey  3 weeks back

                                Most great food has its roots in france? - I think you owe Italy, China, Thailand, India, Mexico and many others an apology.

                                • A Khajiit
                                  A Khajiit  2 weeks back

                                  Well except Africa 😎

                                • A Khajiit
                                  A Khajiit  2 weeks back

                                  I think every country has their own play on food. It's food. It's fucking everywhere lmao

                              • Ozuhananas
                                Ozuhananas  4 weeks back

                                Well, my comment might be drowned in the mass of the other comments since I post it 7 months after the video came out, but I just wanted to say one thing : a pot-au-feu was never meant to be expensive. The meat used is cheap cuts of beef (chuck, shank or shoulder, but I'm not sure of the translation) and pretty standard vegetables are added along like carrots, potatoes or turnips. Everything is boiled together. It might be long to cook, but no, it's not expensive. It's a cheap, conforting winter meal that will warm you up to the bones

                                • Zach Enriquez
                                  Zach Enriquez  4 weeks back

                                  play the intro at 0.75 speed, and things get PORNY.

                                  • amanda p
                                    amanda p  4 weeks back

                                    Wait so what was the answer to what you’re trying to build up in the bottom of the pot lol

                                    • brocktechnology
                                      brocktechnology  4 weeks back

                                      That's taking watered-down gravy to the logical extreme.

                                      • Hariz Poljakovic
                                        Hariz Poljakovic  1 months back

                                        "So the rabbit said to the bear, "No, no, I said 'oedipal,' not 'edible!"

                                        • Paul Brozyna
                                          Paul Brozyna  1 months back

                                          How hot and wet do you like it?

                                          Very hot and very wet...

                                          • ShowToddSomeLove
                                            ShowToddSomeLove  1 months back

                                            What would you recommend as a substitute for carrots for people who hate carrots

                                            • fish
                                              fish  1 months back

                                              Use less of them so the disgusting carrot flavor get drowned out by other flavors, it's why I do.

                                          • Mk Productions
                                            Mk Productions  1 months back

                                            My son loves helping make and eat this pot roast!

                                            • 2chrono2
                                              2chrono2  1 months back

                                              Bone marrow is like.... Nature's butter.

                                              • 1973Washu
                                                1973Washu  1 months back

                                                fat = flavor . I would rather have a small amount of fatty meat than a larger amount of lean meat.

                                                • tdr124
                                                  tdr124  1 months back

                                                  Pot roas is easy mode. Do proper oven roast!

                                                  • Vayos ReaperoftheVoid
                                                    Vayos ReaperoftheVoid  2 months back

                                                    "shoving some cloves into halves of onions."
                                                    Youtube: and demonetized.

                                                    • Chely Margarita
                                                      Chely Margarita  2 months back

                                                      “Fancy ass pot roast” love it 😂

                                                      • mxysptlk23
                                                        mxysptlk23  2 months back

                                                        In France they have the metric system so they call it, “Royal with potatoes”

                                                      • Scupacium
                                                        Scupacium  2 months back

                                                        say "VEGETABLES"

                                                        • Hector Tio Salamanca
                                                          Hector Tio Salamanca  2 months back

                                                          Does Babish have his restaurant? All these stoves and stuff around it means business.

                                                          • Brian Francis
                                                            Brian Francis  2 months back

                                                            That's not realistic pot roast. Real yankee pot roast is done in the slow cooker. You're a California boy trying to put your gay twist on it.

                                                            • Nova White
                                                              Nova White  2 months back

                                                              I like to make a gravy with the liquid from my red wine pot roast and parmesan cheese. I usually leave out potatoes because I make mashed potatoes on the side,sometimes with fontina cheese,cream cheese and chives. It is comfort food for sure.

                                                              • utoobguy30
                                                                utoobguy30  2 months back

                                                                or you can be lazy like i am and use a pressure cooker lol

                                                                • Karl Striepe
                                                                  Karl Striepe  2 months back

                                                                  The second, "fancy-ass" pot roast seems really Asian-inspired. I wonder the history.

                                                                  • fish
                                                                    fish  1 months back

                                                                    It's probably a coincidence because, as far as I know France never had too great a contact with Asia.

                                                                • R3dM3g
                                                                  R3dM3g  2 months back

                                                                  Onion nipples, so french

                                                                  • Azureey Kola
                                                                    Azureey Kola  2 months back

                                                                    Ooh bay leaves! The one that freaked people out on Chipotle upon seeing their food with a _"leaf"_ lol

                                                                    • fish
                                                                      fish  1 months back


                                                                  • Michael Kouznetsov
                                                                    Michael Kouznetsov  2 months back

                                                                    Why would you start with beef broth when you're yielding beef broth? This is not how you make pot roast. 🤦🏼‍♂️

                                                                    • NikovK
                                                                      NikovK  2 months back

                                                                      Tomato pa... WHAT ARE YOU DOING MAN?!

                                                                      • Evan Wilkinson
                                                                        Evan Wilkinson  2 months back

                                                                        cinnamon stick.

                                                                        • Pepé Le Pew
                                                                          Pepé Le Pew  2 months back

                                                                          The bg music got me wanting to listen to the actual OJays song it’s based on

                                                                          • Jacob Hanna
                                                                            Jacob Hanna  2 months back

                                                                            Think a classic mirepoix is half onion, a quarter carrot, and a quarter celery.

                                                                            • Angel Herrera
                                                                              Angel Herrera  2 months back

                                                                              It was agonizing waiting for the beef broth.

                                                                              • Alex Guadalupe
                                                                                Alex Guadalupe  2 months back

                                                                                Hey Babish, just make sure as my boy Damonte would say "Don't get lost in the sauce"

                                                                                • Alexander Hackett
                                                                                  Alexander Hackett  2 months back

                                                                                  "Large chunky vegetable" - accurate description of me crashing out on the sofa after work

                                                                                • Dr UpSideDown
                                                                                  Dr UpSideDown  2 months back

                                                                                  Pho is 1$ a bowl in Vietnam
                                                                                  Also pho is not French it Vietnamese

                                                                                  • Dr UpSideDown
                                                                                    Dr UpSideDown  2 months back

                                                                                    Thanks man

                                                                                  • Iovnfdvbsd
                                                                                    Iovnfdvbsd  2 months back

                                                                                    "Pot au feu" is a french dish that influenced the creation of the classic vietnamese dish "pho"

                                                                                • Soviet Doggo
                                                                                  Soviet Doggo  2 months back

                                                                                  What if I used bull testicles?