Sunday, December 18, 2011

Beef Pot Roast

On a cold and blustery day in Nebraska, there is nothing better that coming home to a dinner that is almost ready.  Especially when there are still places to go and dinner needs to be on the table as quickly as possible.  Beef pot roast is the perfect meal for nights like this.  Once the beef is cooked, the finishing touches take only about 10 minutes and the meal is ready to go.  Just add a hearty loaf of bread to soak up the gravy and you have a meal that will satisfy the biggest hunger.

Beef roasts are perfectly suited for the crockpot.  The slow, moist cooking method ensures the beef will become very tender.  Even the toughest cuts of beef can be used for this meal.  I prefer a chuck roast, but any roast will work.  The key to tenderizing the beef is to cook it long and low.  I usually cook mine on the low setting for at least 12 hours (sometimes as long as 16).  This process breaks down the connective tissue in the meat, resulting in a very tender roast that will fall apart due to its tenderness.

Root vegetables are ideal for this dish because they can stand up to the long cooking times.  Potatoes and carrots, the usual accompaniments for pot roast, cook in the same liquid as the beef, allowing them to absorb the flavors of the meat.  On this instance, I added some parsnips that were in my refrigerator.  At the end of 12 hours of cooking time, the vegetables were very tender but still held their shape.

Beef Pot Roast

3-4 lb beef roast
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
5 potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4" cubes
1 lb baby carrots
4 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces
1 envelope powdered onion soup mix
1 cup water
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
Salt and pepper. to taste

Spray inside of crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.  Toss potatoes, carrots, and parsnips and place in bottom of crockpot.  Heat oil over medium-high heat in large skillet.  Brown roast on all sides.  Transfer roast to crockpot.  Sprinkle soup mix over top of roast and pour water over top.  Place lid on crockpot and set on high for 30 minutes.  Reduce heat to low and cook for at least 12 hours (no more than 16 or the vegetables will be very mushy).

When beef is finished cooking, remove roast and vegetables from cooking liquid.  Skim as much fat from cooking liquid as possible and discard.  If necessary, add enough beef broth to make 1-1/2 cups liquid.  In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Add flour and cook 1 minute.  Slowly whisk in cooking liquid.  Bring to a boil and cook until thickened.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Slice roast and serve with vegetables and gravy.

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