Monday, October 17, 2011

Chicken or Beef?

I have owned a slow cooker ever since the Christmas after I moved out of my parents house. It was a gift from my sister, who probably foresaw my eventual spiral into domesticity. Though at the time, I had no use for cooking gadgets, it remained on my counter for many years just waiting for the day that I would appreciate it for the convenient, easy, and generally wonderful cooking appliance that it is.

At work the other day, my coworker mentioned that slow cookers were great for cooking pot roast. I wasn't so sure. Pot roast happens to be one of my favorite foods in the world. So, I decided to see how using a slow cooker compares to the oven for such a classically delicious dish using Martha's recipe.

Though you don't get quite the variation in texture that you do with a traditional oven, the crock pot does a nice job creating a juicy, fork tender roast. Plus, it was wonderful to come home to a fully cooked meal, served only 15 minutes after Alex walked in the door. Our dinner was done by quarter past 7 and the kitchen was clean by 7:30. What a great way to start an evening.

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast (by Martha Stewart)
Serves 4
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 8 medium carrots, cut into thirds
  • 2 medium onions, each cut into 8 wedges
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 beef chuck roast (3 pounds), trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

In slow cooker, stir together cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water until smooth. Add carrots and onions; season with salt and pepper, and toss. Sprinkle roast with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; place on top of vegetables, and drizzle with Worcestershire. Cover; cook on high, 6 hours (or on low, 10 hours).
Transfer roast to a cutting board; thinly slice against the grain. Place vegetables in a serving dish; pour pan juices through a fine-mesh sieve, if desired. Serve roast with vegetables and pan juices.


  1. Pot roast for dinner.
    Pot roast sandwich in the morning.


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  2. Ha, go Alex eating pot roast round the clock. Sounds like something another "Hus-BAND" would do ;) I think Mondays are perfect days to bust out the slow cooker!

  3. I love pot roast. I could eat it constantly!

  4. It looks so delicious. I love the pot roast too. Thanks for the recipe. I gotta try this a home.

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  5. Slow-Cooker Pot Roast is a must try recipe. I'm going to try cooking this dish one of these days. By the way, I like the idea of putting potatoes as garnish and side dish at the same time. I love potatoes since it contains nutrients that make our body stronger.

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