Pot Roast

Pot RoastThis dish reminds us of the those days playing with our neighborhood friends until sundown.  Our moms yelling at us to come in for dinner.  We’re tired but gleeful of the amazing adventures that we just encountered and on the kitchen table was our restoration.  Our rejuvenation.  Back in those days, life had boundless opportunities and endless possibilities.  Pot roast is just another one of those timeless and classic home-cooked meals that reminds us that food feeds much more than the body…it feeds the soul.

This recipe uses a crock-pot for easy cooking.  Make it in the morning and it’ll be ready for you by the time you get home from work.  Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 5-6 hours.

Prep Time: Cook   Time: Level: Serves:
15 min 8 hours Easy 8

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-2 lb.  chuck roast
  • 3  russet potatoes (skinned and cubed)
  • 1 pkg.  baby carrots
  • 1 lg.  onion (sliced wegdes)
  • ½ C  red wine
  • 1 TBS  cornstarch
  • 2 tsp  house seasoning or steak seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 bouillon cubes
  • 3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1 TBS  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBS  vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pour a glass of wine and sip. (to test the flavor *wink, wink*)
  2. Cut up onions and potatoes and set it aside in a small bowl.
  3. In a large skillet, on medium-high heat, heat the oil.  Season the chuck roast on both sides with garlic. (Approximately 3-5 minutes on each side)
  4. In crockpot, stir in half of the vegetables (onions, carrots and potatoes) with a ¼ C of wine, cornstarch and a little bit of salt and pepper.
  5. Place the seared pot roast atop the vegetables. Pour on top the remaining juices and garlic over the roast and vegetables.
  6. Add in bay leaves, sprinkle Worcestershire sauce across the roast and the bouillon cubes.
  7. Top with rest of the vegetables and pour the remaining ¼ cup of wine on top.
  8. Set your crockpot on low and cook for 8 hours.
  9. Pour yourself another glass of wine and wait for your house to fill with a great aroma.

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Hostess with the Mostest

Do you have a family member that just loves to entertain?  Make her an unique serving platter.  Check this out from one our favorite DIY blogs Wit & Whistle.  Buy a white porcelain serving platter, some chalkboard paint and bake it.  This gives a simple but useful dish that any hostess can label what they’re serving.

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