Saturday, November 6, 2010

* Crock Pot Roast and Veggies

Hiya everyone!! Are you all having a good month? week? day?? It is November!! Can you believe it?? It has been crazy around here for me!! Last month was my birthday and I have been wanting a crock pot for a while now, and had hinted to the fellow that a crock pot would make a wonderful birthday present... We picked out a nice one, ordered it, and I couldn't wait for it to be delivered!! Well, It came in time for my birthday and I made my first crock pot dinner for mom, the fellow, and I!!

Crock pot Roast and Veggies

Ingredients:
1 Roast (ours was about 2 1/2 lbs)
Carrots
Turnips
Potatoes
Onions
Mushrooms
Beef Broth
Garlic
Salt
Pepper

Directions:
Now, I know I didn't put exact measurements in the ingredients list.. I have a 6 quart crock pot and pretty much filled that thing up! Throw all the above ingredients in a slow cooker..

Now here is the tricky part and maybe you can help me out.. My slow cooker has a meat thermometer attached to it, and I have the option to cook until it the thermometer reaches a specific temperature. Now, I set the slow cooker to switch to the "warm" setting once the thermometer reached 145 degrees (this is the lowest temperature I could set it - and it is supposed to be cooked to "medium" at this temp).. It reached that temp, switched to warm, and by the time I got home the temp was up to 165 degrees. My roast was a bit.. tough/dry.. but the veggies were all delicious!! and the broth made an amazing gravy! Also, be sure to freeze your left over broth and use it for other meals (say stew...stay tuned for that recipe!)



For those of you with slow cookers.. help me out here.. How can I get my roast to be tender and juicy?? Should I just have cooked it on low for 7-8 hours?? What are your tips and tricks??

It was also Halloween last month and the fellow and I carve a pumpkin each year.. 
Well, I went with his sister and her kids to pick pumpkins

That's a lot of pumpkins!! lol... These are the two I picked for the fellow and I


Now.. The little pumpkin was hard to carve.. It seemed to have a thick hard outter shell...Look at the thickness of the white line that surrounds the pumpkin, it was SO hard to cut through!!

In the end, we didn't finish this pumpkin.. But we did finish the great big pumpkin...


OOOOhhhh Scary!!!

I hope everyone had a great spooky Halloween!!

Happy Eating!!
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8 comments:

  1. Great list of veggies...I have never tried roasting in a crockpot.
    The pumpkin looks fantastic!

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  2. I love using my slow cooker during the winter months! Thank you for sharing your pumpkins and this recipe!

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  3. I love my crock pot. But I especially loved it when while I was still working. It was great coming home to a delicious meal ..... waiting as if by magic.

    Great pumpkin carving!

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  4. My husband loves roast!!! I bet he'd love this recipe! Glad to see you're back to blogging!
    Hope all is well:)

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  5. Your pumpkin turned out great! And I just got a new crock pot too - I love it. Your stew sounds wonderful!

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  6. Thanks for the comments everyone!! The veggies tasted great.. but like I said, the roast was a little dry.. this whole "crock pot cooking" thing is new to me.. but fun!!

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  7. Dry meat is my biggest complaint against crockpots. The only thing I have ever done that has countered that (and I don't do it often because it's a bit of a pain) is to line the crock with foil, enough to wrap and seal then entire meal, then put the ingredients in the pot, seal with foil and then cook. The juices stay in the meat better that way. I only have the dried out meat problem with beef, so try a chicken and see how it turns out for you.

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  8. I have made many roasts in the crockpot. I have never had a dry one yet. Sometimes, I hardly add any liquid and when I come home, the thing is full of it. I'm not sure what the secret is. I usually load mine up with alot of the same ingredients as yourself and cook on low all day until I get home. Sometimes...that is 9-10 hours. I guess my suggestion is to keep trying. I'm glad you told me about the meat thermometer and the dry meat. I'm looking to buy a new crock pot and thought the meat thermometer idea was cool...but I now think I will stay away from it. Here is a simple roast recipe for your crock. Plop in the roast, lay over 1 onion chopped, add 2 tbsp soy sauce, and pour one can of cranberry sauce over top everything. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-9 hours.

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