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I requested and received a Crock Pot for Christmas. As previously mentioned, I am not much of a cook, but I am trying to get better! I figured throwing stuff in a pot and turning it on was right up my alley. So far it's been a big success! Since Christmas I have made quite a few dishes, and the majority of them were a big success.
The first attempt was a pretty basic pot roast. I got the recipe here (via Pinterest, yay Pinterest!) and it lived up to it's billing of easy and delicious. I bumped up the water a bit as well as probably used more veggies than she mentions, but I was using a large CrockPot and I didn't want it to dry out while I was at work!
What you need:
- around 3+lb beef roast (seems like groceries stores in various regions name the cuts all different names. I think i had a "chuck roast")
- an onion chopped into large pieces
- little red potatoes (i used maybe 20 potatoes? the pot was packed but the meat/veggie ratio was good)
- carrots (3-4 large?) largely chopped
- 1 packet ranch dressing mix (dry)
- 1 packet brown gravy mix (dry)
- 1 packet italian salad dressing mix (dry)
- 2 cups water
I am a big pot roast fan, so I loved this. My boyfriend and his mom both enjoyed it, too. I do think it could have had a little bit more flavor, maybe one more spice packet next time? But the meat and veggies were a great texture and the flavors were really good, if a little light. We had this 2 nights in a row for dinner the week after Christmas. Perfect winter food, even if we don't really have winter here in San Diego.