I’ve been a little lax in posting since returning to America, but I have a very good excuse – I’ve been busy eating. Although I treated myself at the deli to some corned beef and the biggest matzo ball in town, I’ve tried to cook dinner at home most nights. It’s good for me to have something to work on until I find work, and it’s also good for my parents to have dinner ready for them when they get home from work. It’s pretty much win-win.
My favorite kitchen gadget (especially in winter) is definitely the crock pot. You toss a few things in there when you get up in the morning, flip the switch, let the house fill with the tantalizing smell of food making itself, and then dig in at dinner. Of all the things I make in the slow cooker, the most requested is pot roast. It’s crazy simple, hearty, and most importantly, it’s melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
- 1-2lb beef roast. Any cut will do, but leaner is better.
- 1 packet of gravy mix
- 2 Tb ranch dressing powder
- 2 Tb Italian seasoning (I like Mrs. Dash)
- 1/2 cup broth
- 2 handfuls (or more) baby carrots
- Toss carrots in the bottom of crock pot. Pour broth over carrots.
- Place beef on top of carrots.
- Stir together gravy mix, ranch powder, and Italian seasoning in a bowl. Rub that goodness all over the meat. If you still have any spices left in the bowl after the meat is covered, just sprinkle them on top or even around the meat.
- Slap the lid on it, turn the heat on low, and leave it alone for about 7 hours.
That’s seriously all it takes. Once the meat is cooked, you can lift it out onto a cutting board to slice it. Scoop the carrots out of the bottom with a slotted spoon and serve them on the side. If you want to turn the crock pot juices into gravy (trust me, you do), that’s also a very simple process. Just put a spoonful of corn starch into a small bowl and add just enough water to dissolve it. Slowly stir that into the crock pot and the beef juices will thicken into awesomesauce.
Depending on what vegetables you throw in the bottom, this can be low carb and paleo-friendly. If you have a gluten intolerance, it’s actually easy to make your own gravy mix to use in the recipe, you’ll just need to adjust the amount you add in accordingly. Not sure about other brands, but Hidden Valley Ranch powder is also verified to be gluten free. Happy hibernation eating!