Turkey soup, turkey sandwiches, reheated mashed potatoes & stuffing. All wonderful things, but after a whole week they really do start to become tiresome.
It's time to test out one of my Christmas presents. Don't tell my old faithful slow cooker, but I got a new crock pot, with a timer, for Christmas. (Thanks Glenn, you rock!) I'm not putting the old one out to pasture just yet. I think it's got a few good years left, but the timer on the new one will make it so much easier to come home from work to a fully cooked meal.
Last night, I decided that I wanted to make something completely different from poultry for the trial run. I had all ingredients for a beef pot roast...except the beef. Off to the grocery store I went . I got a nice little roast that will do perfectly.
I started the cooking just over 5 hours ago and there's about 40 minutes left on the timer. I can't wait to taste it. I've got some Italian Herb bread baking in the bread maker too that should be ready to cool any minute.
Mmmmm....this is going to a great dinner.
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
small to medium beef roast (I used outside round, size 0.878 kg)
salt & pepper to taste
1 to 2 TBSP all purpose flour as needed (for coating beef)
2 TBSP olive oil
8 oz sliced mushrooms (optional)
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced (i used 1 tsp of bottled minced garlic)
1 TBSP salted butter
1 1/2 TBSP all purpose flour
1 tsp tomato paste
2 1/2 cups beef broth
3 medium carrots (cut into chunks)
3 stalks of celery (cut into chunks)
* optional for thicker gravy: 1 TBSP cornstarch
I had a lovely meal of pot roast, carrot/celery mix and topped it off with a piece of home made Italian Herb bread, still slightly warm from the bread maker.
The meat was so tender it literally fell apart when I put it on the plate. No knives necessary.
I was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and spent the first half my life there. I became a mom just after I turned 20 and within a couple of years, decided to move from a small town to a bigger city to take advantage of better job opportunities. After a few great jobs, I finally settled in at a legal publishing company. 13 years later, I'm still there.
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