Recipe courtesy of Kevin Gries

Red Wine Braised Buffalo Pot Roast served in Potato Bones

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 13 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Inactive: 8 hr
  • Cook: 4 hr 10 min
  • Yield: depends on amount of potatoes
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1 (5 to 6 pound) buffalo top round

1 cup rustic rub or seasoning blend

1/2 cup olive oil

2 large Spanish onions, chopped

2 pasilla peppers, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

6 ribs celery, chopped

1/4 cup chopped garlic

1 quart burgundy red wine

2 sprigs rosemary, leaves chopped

3 sprigs thyme, leaves chopped

2 large tomatoes chopped

3 quarts veal stock or beef broth

Salt and pepper

Sage pesto:

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus 1 teaspoon

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

2 sprigs sage leaves removed

1 cup basil leaves

1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano

2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts

12 cloves roasted garlic

Salt and pepper

Cherry Fondue:

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons shallots

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 cup Kirsch

2 cups heavy cream

1/4 cup dried cherries

1 cup Gruyere

1 pinch ground nutmeg

Salt and fresh black pepper

Potato "Bones":

Small red bliss potatoes


  1. For the pot roast: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Rub the roast with the rustic rub or seasoning blend, cover and let sit in the refrigerator overnight. Using a grill pan, sear all sides of the roast.
  3. Heat a roasting pan. Add olive oil, Spanish onions, pasilla peppers, carrots, celery and then the garlic, last. Deglaze the roasting pan with the burgundy and add the roast. Add herbs, tomatoes, and veal stock. Cover and roast for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or until falling apart.
  4. For the Sage Pesto: Lightly saute the chopped garlic in 1 teaspoon of oil. Put sage, basil, Pecorino Romano, pine nuts, chopped garlic and roasted garlic in a food processor or blender and slowly drizzle oil to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and refrigerate.
  5. For the Cherry Fondue: Heat butter and shallots in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add flour to create a roux. Add Kirsch, cream, cherries, cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer to cook out flour. Season, to taste.
  6. For the Potato Bones: Peel potatoes. Carve to look like osso bucco bones. Blanch potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool. Fry for 4 to 5 minutes until golden. Stuff with buffalo, top with pesto and cherry fondue.