I love to cook. Before having kids I could spend a whole afternoon looking through cookbooks and creating a special, intricate dinner. Now, often I am looking for shortcuts. Quick, easy and yummy things to get on the table for dinner.
But, sometimes on Sundays I like to take my time and make something special.
Just imagine, a pot roast simmering in the crock pot all afternoon as you curl up on the couch watching football and putting up the Christmas tree. That was our day today. These days make my heart happy. Everything seemed to align. The baby, Henry, had a long nap and Charlie was so excited to decorate the tree.
This is a recipe I have come up with and tweaked it over the years. My dad first showed me how he makes his pot roast, and from there I have adjusted it and it comes out tender and flavorful (if I do say so myself). Honestly I will tell you my not-so-secret ingredient. Steak Sauce! It really makes it special. And, it is really easy to do!
Easy Peasy Sunday Roast
1 Chuck Roast (Mine was 1.8 lb)
3-4 russet potatoes
1 yellow onion
steak sauce (such as A1)
red wine (I use cabernet)
Turn on your crock pot to high.
Start by seasoning the meat with salt, pepper and garlic powder, My rule of thumb, once you think you are done, add a little more. Remember it’s a big piece of meat. It needs more then a little sprinkle.
Heat up a large pan with a few tbsp of olive oil. Once hot sear the meat on each side for about four minutes until there is a nice crust formed. I find this helps develop the flavor and gives it good texture to the finished product.
Next, place in crock pot. Cut up the onion into small wedges and place on and around it. Add 1 cup of beef broth, 1/2 cup of wine and several large shakes of worcestershire and steak sauce. Don’t add the potatoes or carrots yet. If you do it this early- they will turn to mush!
Now……go make some hot chocolate and watch a movie on the couch……or take a nap. You will leave it on and not touch it for at least two hours (depending on how large the piece of meat is).
Once you start smelling those delicious smells two hours later, get up off the couch and peel your potatoes and cut those and the carrots into about 1.5 inch pieces.
Now you can finally open the pot! Add potatoes and carrots and give it a gentle stir….your meat should be starting to fall apart. Add another generous sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Wait two more hours…….until the veggies and meat are fork tender. At that point I usually add several more large shakes of steak sauce…..trust me on this. It adds amazing flavor! Let simmer ten more minutes after the final shake of steak sauce.
Once ready, dole onto a plate and add some fresh crusty bread. Dinner (and lunch the next day) is served!!