Scrumptious pot roast

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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!
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Step 1: Gather your goods

You will need

crockpot/slow cooker
cutting board

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

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rub salt, pepper and spices on your meat, then roll it in all-purpose flour to coat completely

Step 3: Sear the meat

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put olive oil in a skillet and brown the meat on all sides to form a nice crust

Step 4: Put mirepoix in crockpot

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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

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Rest the meat on top of the mirepoix

Step 6: Deglaze pan drippings and pour over meat

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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

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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!

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Open the pot and smell the goodness! Serve up a heaping helping. Yum.
laradioken2 years ago
Damn! I might make that tonight.
logicrules2 years ago
Nice ible, I'm single, elderly and have a small frig so I don't keep all the veggies on hand; its convenient for me to buy the mixed veggies. When all is done I split it up and freeze it for future meals; been doing so for years.
thepelton6 years ago
The fact that it simmers for a long time instead of coming to a complete boil means that there is a lot more water that doesn't escape during cooking, Username285. A crock pot should be standard issue for any batchelor or just married couple. Probably a bigger model for the couple (Would make a good Wedding Gift).
ugh, I'm soo hungry now!
username2856 years ago
There's only 1 cup of water in the whole thing? It looks like much more in the final product. Is all that extra water from the veggies and potatoes and meat alone or did you add more along the way?
rupamagic (author)  username2856 years ago
There will be a lot more liquid at the end, but you just put one cup or so to ensure a little liquid to start. Using broth would be good as well. This is just so there is a puddle at the bottom to prevent burning or sticking before the natural juices begin to flow.