The Romertopf Beef roast is a meat dish that is made in a so called Romertopf - a special clay pot that is similar to a crock pot but is made out of clay and will be used in the oven.
The history of the clay pot is quite interesting. For centuries food has been cooked in earthenware pots over open fires or in brick ovens.
That is what the Römertopf does. You can use it to cook a variety of vegetables, meats, casseroles, and breads in the home oven. The Romertopf should be made out of Terra Cotta and should not contain harmful substances such as lead or cadmium. It should not be glazed.
Important: It is vital that before each use, the pot must be soaked in water so that it can absorb a certain amount of moisture into the permeable clay. This moisture is slowly released during cooking, sealing in the natural juices and increasing the flavor and tenderness. Try out this German recipe - you will love it. Happy Cooking!
Ingredients German Romertopf Beef Roast
1 kg roast beef
salt, pepper to taste
3 tbsp clarified butter
5 layers of German Speck (Black Forest style bacon)
2 onions and 2 tomatoes
1/2 celery root
4 tbsp parsley, chopped
2 twigs thyme
200 ml red wine and 200 ml broth - How to make Beef Broth - or instant (beef or vegetable) - How to make Vegetable Broth -
200 g creme fraiche
2 tbsp corn starch (optional)
Cooking Instructions German Romertopf Beef Roast
Spice the roast beef evenly on all sides.
- Brown it briefly in clarified butter all over.
- When browned remove from pan and set aside on a board.
- Fry the bacon slices in the same pan until transparent. When they bacon slices are done place them on top of the meat.
- Place meat into the Romertopf.
- Chop onions, quarter tomatoes, chop parsley and thyme.
- Cut celery root in cubes, slice leek and carrots.
- Place all ingredients evenly around the meat, spice with salt and pepper, add red wine and warm broth (don't use cold liquids).
- Sprinkle lemon juice over the meat.
- Place the Römertopf in the COLD oven (this is important!) and cook on 200 C or 390 F for 2-3 hours - the meat needs to be soft and tender.
- Remove from oven and place it on a pot holder, kitchen cloth (not on a cold surface).
- Place roast beef on a plate.
- Drain the meat stock through a sieve, pour into a pan.
- Put the roast beef back into the Romertopf, and keep it in the oven without the lid for 10 min. That's how you get a nice crust.
Make the Gravy - There are 2 options
1. Squeeze the vegetables that where in the Romertopf through a sieve by using a fork, pressing against the sieve. DO this over the pot where you will keep the gravy.
2. Puree everything with a stick mixer but the ham needs to be removed first, don't puree the ham. After you have made the puree add red wine or broth, mix creme fraiche with starch and add to sauce, then bring to a boil. The starch is used to thicken the gravy.
Marinade the Meat
You can marinade the meat before cooking. The marinade makes the meat more tender.
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 rosemary twigs
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl and rub the meat evenly with it.
- Place meat in a freezer bag, add the rest of the marinade liquid, close it tightly and let sit in the fridge for 2 days.
- After 2 days remove the meat from the bag and place it on a wooden board, pat dry with kitchen paper. - Spice with salt and pepper. The best is to mix salt and pepper and rub it into the meat.