Rioja Pot Roast with Steamed Fingerling Potatoes and Smoked Paprika Butter

By Marge Perry & David Bonom
Take your pot roast to the next level in flavor—with out sacrificing the ease. All that meaty goodness braises in Rioja wine and vegetables, while infusing the fingerling potatoes steaming above the meat with savory flavor. Finally, gild this lily by tossing the potatoes with a simple smoked paprika butter and you have a meal you cook and eat Sunday—and can enjoy throughout the week.
  • Course: Entrée


  • beef chuck roast
  • carrots
  • celery stalks
  • fingerling potatoes
  • garlic clove
  • garlic cloves
  • ground black pepper
  • low sodium beef broth
  • olive oil
  • Onions
  • Rioja red wine
  • Salt
  • Smoked Paprika
  • sprigs fresh thyme
  • unsalted butter


  1. Heat the oil in an Anolon Authority 5.5-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Season the beef with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper and add to the pan. Cook until nicely browned on both sides, about 8 minutes, turning once. Transfer beef to a plate and reserve. Add the onions, garlic and thyme to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 5-6 minutes. Pour in the wine, bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Return the beef to the pan, add the broth, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low, cover and simmer 1 hour.
  2. After an hour, turn the beef then place the carrots and celery in the Dutch oven around the sides. Place the potatoes in the steamer insert, set on top of the pan and cover. Cook until the beef is very tender and the potatoes are cooked through, 1-1 1/4 hours longer. Remove from the heat, transfer beef to a cutting board and let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Stir 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and remaining pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until just starting to brown slightly, about 2-2 1/2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the paprika and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the potatoes and toss until the butter melts and coats the potatoes. Serve with sliced beef, vegetables and braising liquid.