Monday, October 24, 2011

Pot Roast

This one is super easy and most people already have a pretty basic idea of how to do it, but I figured since it's what I made for dinner tonight, I may as well post it.   I forgot to take a picture, so I will do that later this week when I pull out the leftovers.  So simple and so tasty, and most people will think you slaved all day, when really all you did was put a hunk of beef in the crock pot with some basic veggies and let it sit for about 6 hours.  As with most of my recipes of this sort (basic comfort foods) the veggies will change from time to time, but in general the recipe stays pretty close to this.

Basic Pot Roast

1 boneless beef roast (about 2-3 lbs)
2-3 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
1-2 medium onions, peeled and sliced
3 cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
2 tbsp worchestershire sauce

Whisk together your olive oil, worchestershire, and balsamic in a small bowl.  Pour it over your roast and rub it into the meat all over.  Sprinkle both sides of roast generously with salt and pepper.  Place roast in crock pot and then cover with carrots and garlic and onions.  This is also where you can add other veggies like mushrooms or whatnot.  Set crock pot for 6 hours on low, and let cook til the time runs out.

Remove roast from crock pot, and then slice and place on a plate to serve.  Put the veggies in a bowl and serve as a side dish if desired.   Pour meat juices into a skillet and heat over medium low heat.  Whisk in some flour (a couple tbsp depending on how much of the meat drippings you have) and keep heating til thickened, adding water if too thick.  Pour this into a gravy boat and serve along side the roast and veggies.

I usually serve this with mashed potatoes or baked ones.  You can also toss the potatoes in with your roast and cook them at the same time, but I usually prefer them on the side instead.  You can serve with another veggie on the side too, or just the roasted ones that you had in the crock pot.  We had steamed broccoli with it tonight.