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
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.