Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Where's the beef? In new businesses for Monticello Utah.

For the past three days I have been running a one woman letter writing campaign to retail stores and restaurant chains; I must have sent over 100 emails so far. Why? To bring business, and revenue, to Monticello Utah. Heck, I've even written to places in New York about opening up an authentic deli here

My email is simple and to the point: "Monticello Utah is located at the intersection of two major roads (191 and 491)that connect 4 states: Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Our town desperately needs new businesses to open up to provide services for residents, and the thousands of tourists and truckers that come through here."

So folks, if you, or someone you know, is looking to open up a new business; why not consider Monticello Utah? It's a beautiful area, lots to see and do, and ripe for tourism.

Ok, advertisement done with, so lets get onto cooking, and as the title suggests, it concerns beef. This is a one baking dish and leave it alone type of meal; very simple and very comforting.

Roasted Beef and Potatoes with Onions


4 large baking potatoes, washed, leave skin on
1 large onion, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
3 lb chuck roast, trim off excess fat
1/2 tsp each salt, ground black pepper, onion powder and paprika


Preheat oven to 350F.

Cut potatoes into 1" pieces and place into large bowl with onions, garlic, 1/2 tsp black pepper, pinch of cayenne and olive oil; mix together thoroughly.  Spread potato mixture onto bottom of a 2 qt rectangular baking dish.

Mix together the salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, onion powder and paprika; rub all sides of roast.  Place roast on top of potato mixture, centering it.  Roast in oven for 2 hours and leave it be for the 2 hours; roast will be medium when removed from oven.

Remove roast to cutting board to rest for 5 minutes before slicing; serve with potato mixture.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Mary Cokenour