Sunday, January 24, 2010

mmmm, Pot Roast !!

Today, let's make a pot roast
in the slow cooker.

Often referred to as a "Crock Pot"
which is really only a brand name.

You can use any size slow cooker, if your roast is too big, simply cut it to fit.

I used a 5.5 Quart Crock Slow Cooker.

Finished Product
(seriously, all I did was lift the lid and it looked like this)

On the platter for slicing.

Serving & Eating
(with boiled & buttered potatoes, petite peas, & spinach)

Let's begin...

Assemble all your ingredients.
(well, all except the secret ingredient, to be revealed in a few moments)

Salt, Pepper, Sweet Basil, Onion, Kitchen Bouquet (browning sauce), Beef Broth (1 can)
& a Beef Boneless Rump Roast, Chuck Roast or Beef Sirloin Tip Roast.

First, Peel the onion...
Take off all the brown papery stuff
and cut off the ends.

Cut into slices.

Lay onion in bottom of crock.

Rinse your hands with Lemon Juice, over the sink.
Like a Tablespoon of juice.
It takes the "oniony" smell off them.
Yes, really.
Dry them with a paper towel.
You will wash them in soap and water AFTER you handle the meat.

Now, Open the Roast package and leave the wrappings behind,
like this...
Recycle the styrofoam if possible.
We wash it and use if for arts and crafts, it makes a great paint mixing tray for the kids.

Place the roast into the crockpot, on top of the onion.
Pretty, eh.

Now, wash your hands in soap and water, you just handled raw beef.

Moving on...
Pour a bit of browning sauce over it.

Sprinkle it with salt, pepper and sweet basil leaves.

Now for the secret Ingredient...

Worcestershire Sauce
(any brand will do fine)
Lee & Perrins is Gluten Free

Pour a liberal Tablespoon over the top.

Add a can of Beef Broth.
(again, any brand will do)
We use Swanson, because it is Gluten Free.

Now, pour some water over the roast, to cover.

It should look like this.

Cook on LOW for 6-8 Hours.

Serve with yummy bread and veggies.

(We use fresh or frozen, lightly steamed veggies)

My handsome hubby likes brown mustard with the meat. We serve that at the table.

We had foccacia bread this time. mmm.
Warmed in a 425 degree oven for 5-8 minutes before meal.
Simply set the loaf on the rack or a pizza stone.

Delicious Comfort Food.

Let's look again at our finished meal...


A few cooks notes;
Some people will brown the meat on all sides, in a separate pan in oil before putting it in the crockpot. I skipped this step to save on fat. It was equally as tender and fell apart the same as if I had browned it separately.

I have cooked potatoes and carrots in the same crock as the meat on many occasions. I think the veggies taste better and are healthier if cooked separately. I am sure that is because we use fresh veggies and typically steam them. ~ Yes, this time I boiled and buttered potatoes. It was a comfort food meal after all.

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