Sweet and Savory French Roast Perfect for Any Occasion

Traditional Jewish cooking often involves a delicious mix of sweet and savory flavors, and this French roast is no exception. Onions, apples, garlic, and other aromatics are combined with various spices to create a mouthwatering dish perfect for any occasion. 

This recipe calls for cooking the meat for a few hours on low heat. This allows the different flavors to melt and produce a vibrant and flavorful dish. Whether you serve it for Shabbat dinner or a holiday meal, this French roast will be a hit with your family and friends.


  • 5 Lb large French roast
  • Three oversized, chopped onions
  • One head of peeled and smashed garlic
  • Two large peeled, cored, and diced apples (The best apple for roasting is one’s that are firm, crispy, and mildly sweet, such as a Honeycrisp variety)
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • One tablespoon thyme
  • Three tablespoons of olive oil
  • One semi-dry bottle of red wine (750 ml)

Preparing The Roast:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F
  2. Trim the roast of any fat and season with salt and pepper
  3. Add olive oil to your roasting pot over high heat and once the oil is hot, sear your roast on all sides.
  4. Once seared, remove the roast from the pot.
  5. Add the garlic peeled and smashed garlic with the onions to the pot and sauté them until brown.
  6. Add the apples next and sauté until soft.
  7. Add the semi-dry red wine and thyme and stir.
  8. Add the seared roast back into the pot and place into the preheated oven for 4-5 hours until the roast is fork-tender

To serve:

  1. Slice the roast and allow it to cool
  2. Reheat the sauce on low and spoon it over the meat
  3. Serve and enjoy!
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