2/28/10

You Just Can't Ruin a Roast in the Crock Pot.... unless you over cook it


Sundays are never lazy days around our busy household. On the contrary, my husband works almost every weekend and my son works Saturday and Sundays as well. To mix it up a bit this weekend my college-age daughter and her two friends were here stopping to sleep on their way back to college after a road-trip to Texas for their Spring Break. After saying goodbye to the girls and returning to the now empty kitchen I grabbed a roast out of the refrigerator I had placed there on Friday with anticipation of making 'at some point' this weekend.

Today is the day.

As I opened the cupboard to add spices and herbs to the roast I realized that a nice beef roast in the crock pot is one of those foods you can add almost anything to and it's going to taste good. Ok... even though he isn't here right now, I know my 17 year old son would at this point say to me with a grin... "So Mom, I could add toothpaste or Cheerios to it and it's still going to taste good?" So let me add "WITHIN REASON!" Please don't add toothpaste or cereal to your roast.

But if you put a roast in the crock pot with little more than salt and pepper... it's going to taste good. If you add a dry packet of onion soup and a cup of water... it's going to taste good. Cover it with garlic, salt, pepper and parsley... it's going to taste good. Add a cup of red wine and a handful of cleaned and sliced mushrooms... it's going to taste good.

See where I'm going with this? The only thing you don't want to do is over cook it so it becomes dry shoe leather. Other than that, add a few things and you are well on your way to a delicious dinner.

This time around here is what I did:

Roast in the Crock Pot

1 pot roast, 3 to 4 pounds
3 T flour
salt and pepper
1 T olive oil
1 medium onion, halved, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic minced
1/2 t dried marjoram
light sprinkle of dried thyme (about 1/2 t)
1 small bay leaf
1 c beef broth
1 c water with 2-3 T vinegar
1 can petite diced tomatoes

Place the beef roast in the crockpot and top and surround with the other ingredients. Cook on high 6-8 hours until beef is tender. Serve with a side of garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and homemade rolls for a delicious Sunday dinner.
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