Basic Bovine


Abstract: Pot roast recipes are like rear ends; everyone has one.  This one is my variation.  I do it in a crock pot now so I can have more time to solve differential equations and chase women while it is cooking.  Before I became a senior citizen, I just cooked it on the stove top in a big pot.


Serves:  A small to medium bunch


Lead time:  30 minutes, not counting cooking time.  


Tools: Crock pot or big sauce pan and lid, skillet, chopping knife and board.


Bill of Material:

            Italian seasoning                                             2 tablespoons

            Baby carrots                                                    2 cups when chopped

            Acorn squash                                                  1 medium

            Zucchini                                                          1 medium       

            White or yellow onion                                                1 large

            Potatoes                                                          2 large or 4 medium

            Merlot (or other red wine)                              2 ounces

            Red wine vinegar                                            2 ounces

            Beef roast                                                        1-2 pounds, no bone and trimmed

            Butter                                                              ¼ Stick (2 tbs.)

            Ground black pepper                                      as many shakes as needed

            Cayenne pepper                                              about ¼ as much as the black pepper

            Lowry’s™ Seasoned Salt                               2 teaspoons

            Rice or barley                                                  4 ounces


Assembly Instructions:

            Put 1 cup of water into crock pot and add Italian seasoning.  Slice the carrots, squash and zucchini into thin (1/8 inch) slices.  Cut the onion into eight pieces and separate the layers.  Peel the potatoes and cut into bite size chunks.  Toss it all together and put half of everything into the crock pot.  Add the wine and vinegar.  (Save the rest of the bottle of Merlot in case you have any luck chasing women.)

            Put skillet on medium heat.  Cut the roast into 2, 3 or 4 chunks depending on its size and shape. Rub the butter into all facets of the meat.  Sprinkle the buttered meat with black and Cayenne pepper on one side.  Put the chunks into the hot skillet peppered side down.  Pepper the other side while the down side browns.  Turn and brown the other side.  Remove from skillet into crock pot.

            Put the rest of the chopped veggies in the crock pot.  Add the salt.  Add water so that everything is covered with at least an inch of water.  Sprinkle grain on top (it will float) and put lid on crock pot.  Turn the crock pot on the low setting and go solve differential equations or chase women for 8 to 10 hours.  Come home and eat it right out of the crock pot.