Colorado Table

This Jan. 25, 2016, photo shows grill braised pork with sallots and herbes de Provence in Concord, N.H. This very simple recipe is soul satisfying and the combination of herbs de Provence, shallots and beer tastes far more complex than the simple combination implies. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

This very simple recipe is soul satisfying and the combination of herbs de Provence, shallots and beer tastes far more complex than the simple combination suggests. The best part of the dish is the bed of shallots that melt into a ragout-like sauce as the pork cooks. You slice the roast, then just stir the pan juices and soft shallots together to make a pan sauce.


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In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, a lamb shank dish with a Tuscan bean ragu, natural jus and gremolata is paired with Shafer Merlot and Relentless wines at the Bistro Don Giovanni restaurant in Napa, Calif. There’s some debate over whether “red with beef” and “white with chicken and pork” is an absolute or a rule made to be broken. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

“The kind of roast meats I think of for the winter meal are rich, succulent and take over your whole mouth,” says Doug Shafer of the Napa Valley’s Shafer Vineyards, known for its classic reds such as Hillside Select cabernet sauvignon and Relentless, a syrah blend named in honor of powerhouse winemaker Elias Fernandez.


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This Jan. 25, 2016 photo shows lean roast beef with Marsala gravy in Concord, NH. The internal automatic basting power of tiny fat pockets melting into the meat is amazing.(AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

So for our usual Sunday supper, I turn to the top round or bottom round roasts, which are inexpensive and lean. But they do require a little extra care in order to compete with the flavor and texture of fattier cuts closer to the center of the cow.


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This Jan. 18, 2016 photo shows a goat cheese and pear crostini sprinkled with crumbled bacon in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

While these are very simple to make, they give off more than a slight air of elegance. Passing them to start off an awards party while someone pours some sparkling wine won’t actually transport you to the red carpet, but wouldn’t you rather be home eating crostini and sipping bubbly anyway? Yeah, me, too.


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