December 2, 2012 by athenahm
I have to tell you guys, I had fully intended on doing a step-by-step with everything that got made and passed through my kitchen on Thanksgiving, but honestly, there was just too much going on(ZOMG TODDLERS!) for me to remember to do all of that. Suffice to say, it was all wonderful, except for the stupid rolls. They never did rise. Bastards. I sincerely apologize for not finishing the Thanksgiving stuff. I am an asshole, at times…….
So, to try and make up for it, I give you my take on basic beef pot roast. I love dinners that you can stick in the oven around midday and pull out at dinner time ready to go, since we are kind of busy around dinner time, with exercise classes, homework, etc. YAY for roasts and things! Some people may be a little intimidated by them, if they have never attempted one, but rest assured: it’s not nearly as hard as you might imagine it to be. Or time-consuming. I swear, it took me no longer than 15 minutes to prep. I AM cook, and so can YOU!
Basic Pot Roast
I prefer to cut up some yukon gold potatoes, celery, an onion, and carrots(this time I cheated and used frozen, pre-sliced carrots, it’s all good) for my vegetable components. You can use whatever your little heart desires. Be creative! Or don’t! Either way, it will turn out wonderful, because this is almost impossible to screw up. Take your defrosted chunk of meat(Whatever cut you want. I came across a really good deal on a grass-fed chuck-roast, so that is what this is), and place it in the middle of a large roasting pan. Throw in all of the veggies, then toss it all in so olive oil. I seasoned this one with garlic salt, thyme, and sage. It came out AH-mazing, but this is a place where you can play around, too, if you so desire. Go nuts. Er… spices. Whatever. Before it goes in, it should look something like this:
Now is the best part. Cover it, stick it in the oven at 350 degrees, and walk away. Go do stuff. For hours. I normally let mine go for about 4-5 hours, so it falls apart. Anywho, when you take it out, it should appear somewhat similar to this, and I am so broken-hearted that I cannot convey the aroma via interwebs, because your whole damn house should smell magnificent.
So, I hope that was all you had hoped it would be. I am working on a stupid numbers of play-dough sugar cookies in various flavors, colors and for various purposes, so that will be coming up soon. Signing off, for now. Love you guys!