I know I am not a food blogger.
I am sharing a Sunday dinner recipe after a conversation at dinner last night with a friend who said she has never made one.
I make several variations of pot roasts, one of Jim’s favorite dinners, but here is how I make a really easy red wine roast.
This is so easy and my house smells like my Aunts flat in Chicago circa 1984.
Here goes and remember, I am not a chef.
I tell stories so here is my pot roast story.
It isn’t too late to make one today!
Beef roast (you choose)
Olive oil or butter
1/2 cup flour
Container of mushrooms
Bag of baby carrots (I know but it is easy)
Two onions chopped
Olive oil or butter
Salt, pepper, thyme (I use no measurements so just use based on how much you like the seasoning, or your blood pressure 😉
Heavy red wine like a cab
Turn on oven to 350
Salt and pepper roast (I use a lot because it will also season the gravy)
dust with flour and sear in a large pot with butter or oil on all sides.
While I have the roast searing on the last end, and the bottom of the pot is mostly empty, I drop in chopped onions, baby carrots, and mushrooms and keep the pan HOT so I can brown the veggies a bit. Sometimes I add a little more oil or butter to keep them beautiful.
When the onions have cooked clear and there is some browning showing on the carrots and mushrooms pour wine all over the roast and veggies. If I am cooking a large roast that is often more than half a bottle. Sprinkle in Thyme. Add water to fill pot about half way up the roast.
Put a lid on it and stick it in the oven.
Often I put in baby potatoes as well that way I have an entire meal in one pot.
Today, my boys were talking about mashed potatoes so I am making those on the stove.
Cooking time? It depends.
We like the kind of roast that falls apart, (I know, but that is how we like it.) It depends on the size of the roast. I have learned that if I give it 3 1/2 hours I can’t go wrong. I check it once in a while to make sure it doesn’t dry out. Add a little water if it is getting low.
Easy, just make a roux. A roux I said. Just cracks me up how many people don’t know how to make gravy!
When the roast is done take out the meat and veggies and let them rest on a platter.
Put the pan on the stove with the drippings and liquid and turn it up. I leave what is left of the onions in the pot, which may not be much, and I may do a rolling boil until it cooks down to the amount of gravy I think I want.
Sometimes I have to add a little more wine.
This is Sunday dinner! It may get postponed because we are busy and things may dry up a bit. Just add more wine or water.
I love easy pot roast. She is a patient dinner.
While you are waiting for it to boil take some flour or cornstarch in a coffee cup and add cold water and whisk with a fork until it is smooth. While the pan is boiling whisk in a little of the flour/corn starch at a time until you get the right consistency for the gravy you want. Taste. Add more salt or pepper as needed.
That is it.
We always do a potato with this either in the pot whole or mashed and green beans.
Things I do sometimes because I SUCK at following directions and if you are a rule follower you will hate how I share a recipe but here goes.
Often I will use chicken broth instead of water. Water and some chicken bouillon works too. You read that right, chicken broth in a beef roast.
It adds sweetness and layers.
My family loves baby organic carrots and I have learned to accept that a bag of pre-washed, pre-peeled carrots are doing me a huge favor with my time. Also, two bags makes for four happy (some little) men.
I also have had blood pressure issues and when I am running high I cut out the salt and add another onion or four.
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