slow cooker pot roast w/ gravy

as i have said before i don't like food cooked in a crock pot.. and i detest stringy meat.. but i have a family that loves both and pete requested pot roast this week.. when i was spooning everything out it really smelled and looked awesome so i tried it and ohh my gawwd.. it was awful.. you thought i was going to say i've been converted and wrong all these years, but nooo it was horrible.. when jake heard me say it was horrible he looked at me like i was crazy and said it was amazing .. everyone else agreed it was wonderful.. i however will never like it.. i did try it like a big girl.. so i can now go another 10 years or so before i have to try it again.. it's pretty easy to make and according to the family it's scrumptious..

slow cooker pot roast

prep time: 20 minutes
cooking time: 10 hours
serves: 6


3-4 lb. chuck roast
1 onion, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
3 stalks of celery, diced
6-7 white rose potatoes, chunked
olive oil
1 cup beef stock
1/2 tbls. garlic powder
salt and pepper

salt and pepper your roast.. then heat a heavy bottom pan with olive, twice around the pan, brown your meat on each side about 5 minutes each side.. remove to a plate.. then add a little more olive oil and brown your veggies (except the potatoes they go in last).. add salt.. cook until slightly wilted.. about 5 minutes total.. remove veggies to your crock pot then add meat and any accumulated juice from the plate over the veggies.. in the same pan you just removed your veggies from keep on medium heat and add your beef stock and garlic powder and deglaze pan.. add your chunked up potatoes to the crock pot on top of the meat then pour the beef broth from your pan over everything.. salt and pepper real good... put your crock pot lid on and set on low for 10 hours.. remove meat to a platter and shred.. add potatoes and other veggies around the edges.. i made a quick gravy with the au jus left in the crock pot..

i removed the juice from the crockpot to a pot, skimmed off the fat and turned to high.. i took 2 tbls. of corn starch with 1/4 of a cup of beef stock.. whisked until smooth.. once the "juice" from the crock pot was slowly boiling i added my corn starch-beef broth mixture and quickly whisked until it was the consistency i liked.. now i've been making gravy for 20 some odd years and i know it's tricky.. so here is a quick how to make gravy tutorial so to speak from simply recipes.. good luck and happy eating.. definately a brrr i am cold need warming up kinda meal..


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