The pros: Trader Joe's Braised Beef Roast with Demi Glace is super tender beef, extremely flavorful sauce, highly recommend. I see no point in making this dish myself.
The cons: None come to mind. This was a very well done dish.
The verdict: For $13.99 , this is an absolutely awesome dish and a time saver. Braising any meat takes hours, this took about 20 minutes. It was fall apart tender and the demi glace is something you'll want to spoon over some mashed potatoes. The gravy is well seasoned. The beef was a very tender braise that felt like you had done the cooking yourself. While not cheap, it's worth the almost $14 for a roast that's fully cooked (and to perfection) with a demi glace. I have repurchased this item several times since trying it for the first time. It's well done and a time saver.
Here is the visual rundown of what you can expect if you purchase this product. My final thoughts follow the pictures.
The box of Trader Joe's Braised Beef Roast with Demi Glace in the refrigerated section:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
What you get out of the box:
Out of the oven served with some of Trader Joe's Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Onions:
Trader Joes Braised Beef Roast with Demi Glace was one of my favorite items in the refrigerated section. It was as tender as a fall off the bone short rib. Keep in mind I did this in the oven, I'm not entirely sure you would get the same results in the microwave. The demi glace was a terrific compliment to the beef. It would also be terrific over some mashed potatoes. If you enjoy a good beef dinner, then this is absolutely worth a try.
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I recently bought this roast and loved it. I added a little Worcestershire sauce which added a little sweetness and umami flavor and added a little more liquid. I got three good portions and a half. Which I cut into small pieces and reheated with some rice.
The meat is super tender, but slicing very thin across the grain makes the meat less chewy. I really loved the meat cut into small pieces mixed with the sauce on rice. To serve with mashed potatoes, I would add some beef onion gravy to the demi glace to help thicken it and add more gravy. This
recipe is similar to what I make. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/108649409736501541/ except I also add a little Worcestershire sauce.
I love making a huge pot of caramelized onions for soup, gravy, and French onion dip. I cut my onions in pieces rather than rings are because they’re easier to eat. A long strip of caramelized onion can be really slimy. Especially hanging off a potato chip (Ruffles are my favourite because they stand up to the dip and add more texture. Ina Garten’s recipe is my favourite.
Hey M! This is a favorite in our household too. Great suggestions on how to serve it. Thanks so much for the recipe suggestion and I love Ina Garten too. Thanks so much for sharing with everyone here too!
Gotham Networks says
I'm convinced this is center cut chuck roast after trying it. Yes I give it a thumbs up it's delicious. Chuck roast is the best roast for pot roast anyway.
Hey Gotham! Thanks for stopping by and sharing this. I enjoyed it quite a bit too. I might have a couple in my freezer.
Do you cook this from the freezer or have to thaw out ?
Hey Deanna! This is from the refrigerated section and I havent tried freezing it. But it comes in a bag and can be reheated quickly. I hope that helps!
I needed a pot roast for nine people, and three packages was perfect. I thin-sliced them while they were cold (much easier) and arranged them on a rectangular glass baking dish and baked them at 325 degrees for one hour. I made it ahead, so I needed to reheat it at the last minute. I boiled fingerling potatoes, roasted them with a bit of olive oil until golden, and arranged them along the sides of the beef. I reheated it for about half an hour. Everyone loved it. It's super tender and delicious with the potatoes. There's actually too much sauce, so I put it into a small pottery pitcher so guests could help themselves.
Hey Selma! Thanks for sharing!
Anne Marie Monello says
It was delightful, and easy. I wish it came more than 1lb though.
Hey Anne Marie! Me too! This is a frequent buy in our house.
Thanks for the great review! I tried this on your recommendation and really liked it - will definitely repurchase.
Thanks for sharing Kimmie!