So, staying with my dad has meant I’ve been trying to “contribute” around the house by making the occasional dinner. (Although I’m sure my dad would prefer I would “contribute” by clearing all my crap out of the living room.) So I started off with this slow cooker pot roast. I know it seems kinda silly to cook a “cold weather food” when it’s been so hot, but this recipe is so easy and delicious and requires very little work, which is ideal since there has been so much going on lately. I’ve seen variations of this recipe pop up all over Pinterest but here’s what I did.
Start with just these ingredients…and a little water:
Cook for 8 hours on high:
And make your gravy:
Three Packet Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Gravy
- 1 3lb Roast
- 1 Packet Brown Gravy Mix
- 1 Packet Italian Dressing Mix
- 1 Packet Ranch Dressing Mix
- 1 16oz bag baby carrots
- 3/4 cup of water
1. Brown the roast. You don’t technically HAVE to do this, but I think slow cooker foods taste better when you brown the meat. Make sure you get any crispy bits and drippings back into your slow cooker.
2. Place baby carrots on bottom of slow cooker pot.
3. Mix all seasoning mixes in a small bowl. Coat the roast in the powder and place in slow cooker. Pour water around the roast.
4. Cover and cook on high for 8 hours. Cardinal rule of slow cooking? Don’t open the lid. But I will admit I did open it once most of the way through so we could push the meat down a little farther into the “juice” so it wouldn’t dry out.
5. When done cooking, drain all the juicy stuff into a fat separator. Pour off the fat into a small saucepan over medium low heat. Add almost equal part flour to the hot fat and whisk to make a roux (it should look like a thick paste) and cook through. (You should see bubbles and it will start to brown in color.)
6. Once the roux is cooked, slowly add the “juice” still in your fat separator, continuing to whisk so it is smooth. Serve the gravy over the roast with the carrots.
And of course, because we’re super Asian, I served this with white rice…and it was beautiful: