Shoulder Roast with Garlic and Herbs

Publish date:
Social count:
Shoulder Roast with Garlic and Herbs

The roast is cooked at 250F. If you want to sear it in the oven, you do that at 450 but the recipe recommends the stovetop for that -- then the roast is cooked at 250.

  • Duration
  • Cook Time
  • Prep Time


Garlic Herb Rub

  • 2 cups chopped fresh herbs (such as rosemary, parsley, basil, thyme)
  • 1 head garlic, mashed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

Herbed Pan Sauce

  • Olive Oil
  • Reserved garlic/herbs mixture from roast
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (or matzo meal for Passover)
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1-2 cups beef broth, vegetable broth or water
  • 1 (4-7 lb.) shoulder or french roast


1. Mix all Garlic Herb Rub ingredients together and rub all over the roast. Refrigerate 4-6 hours. 

2. When you are ready to cook, let the roast come to room temperature before browning. Scrape off herbs and garlic from the roast into a little dish and set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 250°F.  

4. To sear and roast the meat :Heat 2-3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven. Place the roast in the pan and cook, undisturbed, 3-4 minutes. Rotate until all sides of the roast are nicely browned (you can do this in a 450°F degree oven, but the sear is much better on the stove top.) Transfer the roast to a roasting pan and put in the oven.

5. Allow 20 minutes per pound, or cook until roast is medium rare.

6. Allow roast to rest under a loose tent of aluminum foil at least 10 minutes before carving.

7. Remove roast from the Dutch oven and transfer to stove top. Add more olive oil if necessary. Add herb garlic mixture and cook over low heat until garlic is fully caramelized and crispy. It’s ok if some of it starts to stick to the pan, but be sure to remove the garlic and herbs before they burn.

8. Deglaze the pan with red wine, scraping up the bits on the bottom as the wine simmers.

9. Mix cornstarch with warm water until dissolved. Add to wine, along with broth/water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Return garlic and herb bits to the pan and simmer to reduce to desired thickness.

10. Slice roast and serve with pan sauce.

Recipe contributed by Anna Hanau