There are certain things that get me through the long cold days of February. Oscar movie season, copious amounts of tea, and a good pot roast.
This is the easiest way to make pot roast. It does not require searing meat in a pan or even turning on the stove. All it takes is that kitchen appliance that most Minnesotans own.
The Crock Pot.
There is nothing more satisfying than coming home from work with dinner pretty much done and the house smelling great. I love that.
All you need to do is add a side (I would suggest a roasted vegetable medley below) and a salad and you have an awesome dinner that will make your family, guests, or just yourself very happy.
The first time I wanted to make a pot roast, I wasn’t sure where to start, so I did what I always do in those situations. I called my mother. She is always my first call when I have a cooking related question. In fact, that is the first thing out of her mouth when I call. “Do you have a cooking question?” Followed by a cute little giggle….which makes me giggle. I know she loves it when I call with cooking questions. I love that she loves it.
Here was her advice when I called about the pot roast. “Oh, I would just throw it in the crock pot with some onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and some Worcestershire sauce and turn it on low for as long as you can stand it.”
Me: “No browning? No beef broth? No de-glazing?”
Her: “Why bother – it’ll be perfect this way.Trust me.”
Of course she was right, it was delicious and I’ve made my roast like that every time since.
What cut of meat to you use? I think chuck roast is best. If you are from a hunting family like myself, you could substitute a venison or elk roast (which is what I did this last time), but try find one with some fat marbling to it – that’s where the flavor is at.
Classic Pot Roast
From a phone conversation with my mother
Note: I put mine together the night before in and refrigerate over night. It does not matter if your roast is not all the way thawed prior to turning on the crock pot.
1 2-5 lb chuck roast (plan on 1/2 lb per person and know that the leftovers are fabulous)
1 onion, chopped or sliced depending on your preference. (I use whatever color onion I have on hand)
8-12 cloves of garlic, peeled (don’t worry, they mellow out big time)
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt and Pepper
Place roast in a large crock pot (mine is a 5-qt). season well with salt and pepper. Splash on worcestershire sauce. Add onion and garlic.
Turn the crock pot on low and cook for 8-12 hours (depends on your work day and the size of the roast) or as my mother would say, as long as you can stand it.
Serve with roasted vegetables (below) and a lettuce salad of your choice.
Note: I use whatever I have or looks good. This is one of my favorite mixes.The key is to cut all the vegetables into similar sizes.
2 medium size yukon gold potatoes, medium diced
1 medium to large sweet potato, medium diced
1 medium turnip, medium diced
1 large carrot, medium diced
1 large parsnip, medium diced
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary (thyme would also work)
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425.
Combine all the vegetables with olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper and spread out in a roasting pan. Roast at 425 for 30-45 minutes depending on how brown you like your vegetables. I tend to go a full 45.
While your veggies are roasting, toss the salad and open the wine. Tell everyone that you spent all day on the roast.
Hopefully it helps get through this long month (albeit the shortest month of the year).