Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sunday pot roast...

I've made pot roast more times than I can count. However, I haven't had a favorite recipe. They've all been good, for the most part, but not necessarily good enough to make twice in one week.

The very best thing about this "Sunday pot roast" is that it happened on a Thursday...that's a fabulous thing. It had been a long, busy, rainy day and I had no plans for dinner. It needed to be easy and stick-to-your-ribs delicious (and NOT pizza). Well, it delivered in all categories. Throw it all in one pot, put in the oven and in three hours you have a melt in your mouth dinner. Don't be turned off by the gravy packet. I don't usually use them, but it worked perfectly here. It made a lovely little sauce under the beef that was so delicious.
The name for this came from the fact that my mom would put a roast in the oven on Sunday's before church and three hours later we walked in the door and dinner was done! My kids do not know that luxury.

The only catch here is that you need a Dutch oven (type) pot with an oven-safe lid. You could transfer everything to a 9x13 pan and cover with foil if your pans are not oven safe.

1- 3lb (approx) chuck roast 
Potatoes (1-2 per person); quartered *
Carrots (1 per person); sliced in half, then in half again 
1 onion; quartered
1 pkg low sodium brown gravy
Salt and pepper 
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
Heat Dutch oven on medium heat with olive oil. Season meat with salt & pepper. Place in pot and cook until golden brown and a crust begins to form. Turn and repeat on other side. Turn off heat and remove pot. Add vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle gravy mix over everything in pot and pour in water. Cover and place in oven for three hours.

*I use white or red potatoes, russets have too much starch and would not hold their shape & turn out mushy...not good.

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