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Best Crockpot Roast   Serves 3 to 4

There is no mistaking the smell of a pot roast cooking.  After working all day, it welcomes you home with open arms.  This recipe has many vegetable options as just about any root vegetable will work (see options below).  I add salt and pepper at the end because I don't want to take the chance of it being too salty. I make my stock and sometimes add salt in the process of making it.  I also use Better than Bouillon and I know it contains salt as well.

Great for Sunday dinner, for company or just when you want to have a special meal for your family.  Once you get everything in the crockpot and turn it on, it basically takes care of itself.

Searing the roast is an important part of cooking the roast.  It seals in all those tenderizing juices.

My favorite crockpot is about 8 quarts.  I like to have room to add additional liquid and vegetables.  I have also begun adding liners to my crockpots when cooking; makes for a much easier cleanup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Ingredients:

•  Flour-Plain flour is fine, just don't use stale or old flour.

•  Spices-½ teaspoon each of granulated, ¾ teaspoon of freeze-dried.

•  Roast-I like using a lean chuck roast or a bottom round roast.  It will shrink              while cooking.

•  Vegetable oil-I prefer peanut or olive oil; they both have a high flash point.

•  Onions-Sweet onions are the best for this recipe but use what you have.

•  Garlic-Fresh is best, but in a pinch you can use 1 teaspoon of granulated or           freeze-dried.

•  Beef stock-I never use broth.  Make your own or use something like Better              than Bouillon; watch the additional salt when adding this though.

•  Tomato paste-I like it because it gives an additional level of flavor.

•  Vegetables-1½-inch pieces work the best for this recipe.  Russet potatoes stand            up better for long cooking.

•  Sea salt and black pepper-Always taste and add at the end before serving.

Easy Pot Roast

Ingredients

•  ¼ cup flour plus ¼ cup for thickening

•  ½ tsp each oregano, paprika and thyme

•  1 boneless beef chuck roast (2-3 pounds)

•  ¼ cup vegetable oil

•  3 small (or 2 medium) onions, cut into wedges

•  2-3 cloves garlic, smashed

•  2 cups beef stock (or stock made from Better Than Bouillon)

•  1 can (8 oz) can tomato paste, optional

•  3-4 carrots, cut into 1½ inch pieces or small carrots in a package

•  3 potatoes, preferably Russet, cut into 1½ inch pieces*

•  Salt and pepper to be added at the end

 

 

Grease a 6-quart crockpot or use a liner. Start heating on high.

Instructions

1.   In a shallow pan, combine ¼ cup flour and spices.  Dredge the roast, coating         on all sides.

2.  Heat oil (medium heat)  in a large pan and thoroughly brown meat on all             sides.

​3.  Place onions and garlic in the crockpot and top with the browned roast.

4.  Add ¼ cup water to the still warm browning pan; stir and scrape up the                   brown bits, then add the beef stock and the tomato paste whisking to make         sure they're combined; then stir the mixture into the crock pot. Add                           additional water to slightly cover the roast.

5.  Start  the crockpot on high; when it starts boiling, either turn the crockpot to         low if cooking longer, up to 10 hours; or leave on high, 4-5 hours if                               cooking for a shorter time.  

6.  Add the carrots and potatoes about 1 to 1½ hours before roast has finished           cooking.

7.  To thicken the mixture, mix ¼ cup flour with cup water (no lumps) and pour           into the crockpot; stir.  Cook for an additional 10 minutes.  Taste for seasoning.

*Cut-up potatoes are optional; sometimes I like to serve this roast with mashed    potatoes. You could also use cooked rice or noodles.

 

 

Tips

​•  Other vegetables to use are parsnips, butternut squash and acorn squash.  

•  The tomato paste is optional, but I think it gives another layer of flavor.

•   I use stock instead of broth because it has a richer taste. 

 

 

 

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