I think pot roast is one of my P.S.’s comfort foods. but it’s probably one of my least favorite meats. I don’t care for the taste and really don’t care for the smell of it cooking. I have no idea why. But I do throw a pot roast in the crockpot the rare times my P.S. drags one home. Then I leave the house.
I don’t have a recipe for pot roast; I chop up a bunch of vegetables and season the roast. P.S. likes simple and basic flavors with his pot roast. Add lots of carrots, celery and potatoes, salt and pepper then make gravy with the drippings when the roast is cooked and he is happy.
My parents used to buy halves of beef and they were cut into lots of roasts and ground beef. I absolutely love ground beef, whether it’s a grilled burger or browned and in a casserole or spaghetti. The roast part is where I turn up my nose. My mother made a good roast, but I preferred the Yorkshire pudding she also made. Covered in gravy, that was my idea of a MEAL! There’s a reason I will never be thin. Gravy and pudding are carb-evil!
The most recent pot roast I put in the crockpot turned out beautiful. I seared the roast to seal in the juices and add some dark color to it before putting it into the crockpot on top of the sliced onions, celery and carrots.
I left the carrots and celery in good sized slices for a more rustic look. And I hadn’t planned to make stew out of them at this point so their size wasn’t an issue.
I scrubbed and cut up potatoes and left the skins on. I layered them around the outside of the roast and covered them with a few more slices of onion. I even added a sliced up green pepper, as P.S. is also a pepper lover. Salt and pepper liberally applied, I added enough water to reach the bottom of the roast. I put the lid on the crockpot, set it on high, and did not make sure it was plugged in!
The odd part of this pot roast dinner was that I assembled it all in the crockpot early in the morning without plugging the crockpot in. Um, bad me! I was actually at home that day and when I wondered several hours later why the house didn’t smell of beef yet, I realized my error. Oops. Dinner would be pretty late.
Unfortunately my P.S. was home and hungry early that day. I was hungry as well so after we had a laugh at my ineptness that day we went out to dinner and left the crockpot to finish the roast. Later I let the contents of the crockpot cool a bit before putting the roast and veg into a container and into the fridge. Doesn’t it look picture perfect? Searing the beef first definitely is a must-do for flavor as well as the eye appeal!
It was two days before we were able to have dinner together at home. I’d been thinking about the pot roast and how to make it more interesting to me. I do love a bowl of beef stew, and these were the right ingredients if I just changed their forms somewhat. I’ve made stew directly in the crockpot but never from the contents of a crockpot.
I poured the drippings into a large skillet and added a little beef broth to round it out. When I had that bubbling away I added a cornstarch slurry to thicken the broth a bit. I cut up the carrots to smaller sizes but left the potatoes as they were. I added the carrots, potatoes and celery to my skillet and turned the heat to medium low and let them heat through.
While they heated I diced up a good portion of the beef and added it to the skillet. Making beef “stew” in a skillet was a bit strange, but I like my large skillet for cooking almost everything. The larger surface heats food fast or reduces sauces fast. It was doing both for my stew.
I taste tested and added a little more salt and pepper. I’d added rosemary and garlic powder to the crockpot and those flavors were perfect for my stew. My skillet was now pretty full but the stew was thick and bubbling away.
I served the stew in bowls and we ate dinner. I was happy with pot roast in stew form and my P.S. is happy with a beef infusion of any kind. We had two servings and finished the stew for lunch a couple of days later. It may have had a bad start but the roast had a good finish. It was excellent, said the woman who doesn’t like roast beef!