So well… here’s the thing: if 4pm comes at my house and I don’t have a plan for dinner, I get cranky. Nevermind that my husband gets “hangry” around 5:30 p.m. IYKWIM. Put cranky and hangry together in the same house with a bunch of kids—and you can see why I need a plan for dinner.
As I’ve said before a million times: I think crockpots are a busy mom’s best friend. You can avoid the 4pm emotional breakdown by simply having a PLAN before you need to have a meal.
This pot roast has been in my slow cooker many, many times in the past 30 years I’ve been married to my man—and now my girls are making it for their friends and family! (Win!) It’s inexpensive and delicious… it’s the best slow cooked pot roast ever. Enjoy!
- One 4-6 pound lean boneless beef chuck pot roast (tied)
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 1 spoonful of beef bouillon (I love “Better than Bouillon“) – enough for 2 cups liquid
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 2 cups red wine
- packet of leek soup mix (from Knorr, if you can find it) I keep these in my pantry at.all.times.
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (or more if you like)
- 2 Tbsp minced garlic (that’s about 8 cloves if you like it fresh)
- 1 tsp each
- carrots – enough to cover the pot roast, cut into chunks
- 3 med/large parsnips – these are GREAT in this roast! Cut them up into chunks
- Dissolve bouillon in boiling water. I like to put a spoonful of the bouillon into a coffee mug and just let it sit there. While you’re waiting for it to dissolve, put leek soup mix, garlic, tomatoes, wine—just put it all in except the meat and veggies. Pour bouillon in and mix together.
- Add meat, turning to coat with the liquid
- Arrange veggies around the roast. Cover.
Cover and cook for 9-11 hours on low or until fork-tender.
- Remove meat to cutting board
- Leave the rest in cooker; set to high… you’re going to make gravy!
- Whisk 6 Tbsp flour into 1/2 cup of cold water. I use my bullet to do this now-a-days (five stars!)
- Stir flour mixture into liquid—with 2 tsp tarragon if you have it (yum!) and some more red wine if you like that sort of flavor. We think it’s amazing. Cover and cook for about ten minutes, until thickened.
- Place meat onto a serving platter and spoon some gravy over it to serve.
I hope you love this as much as my family does!
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