Sam Arnold's Cowboy Pot Roast

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“The Fort, an award-winning restaurant located in Southwest Denver, is one of the nation's most recognized establishments and sells more buffalo steaks than any other restaurant in the country. Featuring fine beef, buffalo, game and seafood, The Fort's menu offers a tantalizing selection of old and new foods from the Great West. I first heard about Sam Arnold's Fort Restaurant in Morrison, Colorado, on a television show. Then someone in an online forum asked for their recipe for Jalapenos Stuffed with Peanut Butter (a recipe I'll post soon), and I was off on the search for more info about The Fort! :)”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 lbs pot roast
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 12 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 14 cups beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 ounces dried apricots (about 1 package)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon, rind of
  • salt & pepper
  • leek, white parts only


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut the pot roast into small cubes (about 1-inch in size).
  3. Put a Dutch oven over medium-high heat on the stove top with the margarine or oil and the chopped onions to brown and caramelize.
  4. When the onions are transparent and browned, add the meat to quickly brown.
  5. Add the beef stock, apricots, lemon peel and sugar, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Carefully clean leeks; cut off the stemmy bottoms and the dark green leaves, so you end up with with white and light green parts only (dirt can get in between the leaves, so wash them out well). Blanch the leeks with boiling water and then slice them.
  7. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. and add the drained blanched leeks to the pot and adjust the salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Bake in the oven for 2 hours or until beef is tender.
  9. The Fort serves its Colorado Territory Beef entree with: Fort Breads - A selection of pumpkin walnut muffins and sourdough rolls. Fort Dinner Salad - Seven crisp greens, pickled ginger, diced jicama, and toasted pepitas and a peppadew pepper. Chef's Choice of Seasonal Vegetable. Potatoes, Fort Style or Garlic Cheddar Mashed (unless otherwise noted). Dressing Choices: Chunky Maytag blue cheese, *Herbal Daminana house Vinaigrette, Jalapeno-Buttermilk Ranch, Chipotle Honey, Balsamic Vinegar & Fine Extra Virgin Olive Oil (*reputed aphrodisiac herb). The Fort's special toppings to complement your Angus steak: Rich Buffalo Jus, Dixon Red Chile, Hatch Green Chili (hot or mild). Be creative, serve your roast with approximations with some of the above! :)

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