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Pot Roast With Kimchi + Sweet Potatoes

Pot Roast With Kimchi + Sweet Potatoes 4.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Feb 6, 2018

This one-pot meal is as flavorful as it is satisfying.

Serve with steamed greens or a simple salad dressed with toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar and soy sauce.

To read the accompanying story, see: For a simple winter dinner, nothing satisfies like a pot roast.

Make Ahead: The dish tastes even better after a day's refrigeration.

Where to Buy: If the chuck roasts you find are larger than 2 pounds, ask the butcher to cut a roast down to the right size.


When you scale a recipe, keep in mind that cooking times and temperatures, pan sizes and seasonings may be affected, so adjust accordingly. Also, amounts listed in the directions will not reflect the changes made to ingredient amounts.

Tested size: 4 servings

  • One 2-pound boneless chuck roast (see headnote)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • One 16-ounce jar cabbage kimchi, including the juices
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth or water
  • 2 pounds (about 2 large) sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Pat the roast dry with paper towels and season all over with 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy, ovenproof pot over high heat. As soon as the oil shimmers (before it starts to smoke), add the roast and sear for about 15 minutes total, turning to brown it on all sides. Transfer the meat to a plate.

Add the kimchi, along with its juices, and the broth or water to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, using a wooden spoon to dislodge any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Turn off the heat and nestle the roast back into the pot. Cover and transfer to the oven; slow-roast (middle rack) for 1 1/2 hours.

Uncover the pot, turn the meat over and add the sweet potatoes around the sides. Re-cover and return to the oven; slow-roast for 1 1/2 hours, or until the sweet potatoes and the beef are very tender.

Transfer the meat to a cutting board. Cut it (against the grain) into 1-inch-thick slices. Serve warm, with the sweet potatoes and kimchi sauce.

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Recipe Source

From cookbook author and recipe developer Julia Turshen.

Tested by Antonia Balazs.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (using water): 690

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 23g 35%

Saturated Fat: 8g 40%

Cholesterol: 185mg 62%

Sodium: 1020mg 42%

Total Carbohydrates: 54g 18%

Dietary Fiber: 11g 44%

Sugar: 9g

Protein: 69g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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