Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Best Ever Sunday Roast!

Here is the way I make my pot roast. I am sure there are lots of great ways to cook a roast, but this is how I have found makes the best roast. Believe me, I have tried it dozens of times....

1. Buy the meat. I always get mine at Costco. This recipe works with several types of meat; chuck, top round, bottom round. Just pick what ever looks best. Poke it with your finger (it sounds nasty,but it works) the more tender, the better.
2. Season meat with salt and pepper
3. Brown meat in large pot / dutch oven. This step is very important. Make sure your pan is VERY hot, I preheat my pan on High heat. Place meat in pan and do not move it for several minutes, if the meat ripes then it needs to brown longer, then it will release from pan. Do this on all sides.
4 After meat has browned, remove meat from pan and deglaze with pan with about 3/4 cup of water. Just pour water in pan and scrape the brown bits from the bottom. This is where lots of flavor comes from. Be careful, since the pan is so hot it will boil and steam a lot.
5. In a seperate bowl, Mix togeher 2-3 packets of McCormick Au Jus to 2-3 cups of water.
6. Add the browned meat and au jus mixture pack into the large pan.
7. Add 4-5 tablespoons of Worchestershire Sauce.
8. Add 2-3 onions to pan. (These can be left whole or just cut in half)
9. Then, just cook the meat on low temp for 4-5  hours until tender. (I cover the meat and cook it on the stove top, you can also cook in the oven, or in a crock pot)

To make the gravy:
1. Remove the meat and onions from the pan and pour about 1/2 cup of au jus sauce over the meat to prevent the meat from drying out. Let it rest.
2. In a small bowl, mix together about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour with about 1 cup of water. Make sure there are no lumps.
3. Slowly whisk the four mixture into the au jus sauce. Make sure to adjust the water levels to desired thickness and taste for seasons. You may add more salt and pepper if needed.

We always serve it with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables! Enjoy!!!

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