It’s another Tasty Tuesday and today I am sharing a super easy pot roast recipe for the crockpot!
When I think of pot roast, I think of comfort food at it’s best! It smells so delicious and savory, and it’s going to fill you up and make your tummy feel so good! And so without further ado, let’s begin!
- 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 chuck roast around 3-4 lbs
- Salt and pepper
- 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
- 3-4 cups beef broth
- 2 yellow onions
- 3 stalks of celery cut in about 3 inch pieces
- 1-1 1/2 cups of mini carrots
- 8 small Yukon gold potatoes, pealed, cut in half
- 3 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 cup of water
- a couple shakes of Worcestershire
I used a chuck roast. This is a great cut because it has a certain amount of fat ribboned into the meat, which adds flavor. Generally you are using a tougher cut of meat which turns magically tender when you cook it slow and at a lower temperature.
First, we are going to salt and pepper the meat on both sides. Its a big piece of meat so be generous with your salt and pepper. Mine isn’t showing so much here, but it really did get a good amount of Salt and pepper.
Next we are going to sear the meat. This puts a delicious crust on the outer layer of the meat to hold all that rich beefy flavor in the meat while it cooks in the slow cooker.
So we start with a large skillet with your 3 Tbsp of olive oil in it. Cook on Medium high heat.
Roll the oil around to coat the pan, then add the meat. Cook about 4 minutes per side. See all that brown crusty goodness forming? Yum!
I even want use the tongs and pick up the meat on its sides to sear the edges! Yum!
Now put the pot roast in your crockpot.
Cut your onions into coarse chunks.
Put them in the skillet you just seared your beef in. The onions will carmelize and pick up all of the brown bits of goodness from the pan.
Doesn’t that look yummy?
Now, pour 2 cups of beef broth over the meat in the crockpot.
Chuck roast in its beef broth hot tub!
Peal and slice your potatoes. The Yukon Gold hold their shape really well for all that time its going to do in the crockpot.
Put the taters in the crockpot, and sprinkle the envelope of onion soup over the pot roast.
Add in your other veggies (cut celery, carrots).
Add on your cooked onions.
Give a couple shakes of Worcestershire sauce, and add another cup of beef broth.
Put the heat on low and cover. Now it cooks for about 8 hours.
After 8 hours, put 2 cups of the cooked juice into a saucepan.
Look at all those brown bits! Bring to a low boil.
In a separate small bowl, mix 3 Tbsp cornstarch with 1/4 cup of cold water, stir until the cornstarch is dissolved.
Stir into the broth mixture. Taste a little of the gravy to determine if salt and pepper are needed. I added a little of both to mine.
Time to eat! You can serve directly from the crockpot onto individual plates, or make a platter of meat and veggies to take to the table and serve from. That is what I did. This meat is so tender, it will fall apart as you pull it out of the pot. I think mine fell into about 4 good sized chunks as I removed it.
Let’s serve it up!
I’ll take some gravy with mine!
I wanted to show you the little yellow and blue fabric bread basket my sister brought me back from her trip to Italy. It’s reversible, and so cute and cheery! I just love it! Thank you, Stacey!
There is nothing like a pot roast for family dinners to bring everyone to the table with anticipation!
All day long that delicious pot roast has been simmering. And your dear ones have been smelling that tantalizing aroma! They smile as they wait for that blessed moment when you say, “Alright it’s ready!” They know this amazing meal is theirs to share as a family! Troubles get ushered out the door. This meal is a gift, a sacred time where they will simply appreciate this fine moment, and lavish in it!
As I said earlier, its actually a tougher cut of meat. But the longer it soaks in that warm bath, the more tender it becomes. All the flavors meld together! And that meat just falls apart it is so tender!
This reminds me so much of our relationships in life. The more we spend time together, the more beautiful and tender the relationships become! That is why it is so important to schedule in those moments together with family and friends! Protect them jealously and give them the highest priority. And then, like the roast that has been cooked to perfection, your love as a family will be tender, warm, and absolutely exquisite!
Have a fantastic week!
I’ll be back this weekend with another post!
Family and friends that spend time together are like individual parts of a good stew. They bring out the best in one another.