Simple scrumptious slow-cooked pot roast done in your crock pot or other slow cooker. Nothing fancy, no previous cooking experience required and very little time to prepare. I braised the meat first, but you can even skip that step if you are really rushed for time and it will still be delicious!
Step 1: Gather your goods
You will need
1 hunk of meat -- your choice, about three pounds for 4-6 hungry people
(I have used turkey breast, pork tenderloin, and various on-sale beef roasts)
1-2 lg onions
3-5 med carrots
3-5 stalks celery
12 baby red/yellow potatoes or 4 lg red/yellow potatoes (you can use russets, but I find I prefer the texture of red or yellow in stews).
your favorite spice (mine is cumin today)
some AP flour for the braising (this also thickens the sauce/gravy)
salt and pepper to rub meat and to season gravy
Step 2: Season and flour-coat the meat
rub salt, pepper and spices on your meat, then roll it in all-purpose flour to coat completely
Step 3: Sear the meat
put olive oil in a skillet and brown the meat on all sides to form a nice crust
Step 4: Put mirepoix in crockpot
put your onions, celery and carrots in crock pot and turn on to low (for 8 hours or high for 5-6 hours)
Step 5: Place seasoned and browned meat in pot
Rest the meat on top of the mirepoix
Step 6: Deglaze pan drippings and pour over meat
Add a cup of water or stock to the skillet and scrape all the crusty bits off the pan. add a little flour if you like thick gravy. pour this over the meat in the slow cooker.
Step 7: Add potatoes and cover
Add baby potatoes or quartered medium potatoes, cover and set for 7-8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high. Walk away.
Step 8: Open and serve!
Open the pot and smell the goodness! Serve up a heaping helping. Yum.