Perfect Pot Roast

I love my crock-pot! I especially love this perfect pot roast dinner! It goes together quickly in the morning. It cooks all day while we are at work. When we get home, the house smells amazing and I don’t have to worry about many dishes after the meal is over. It’s a beautiful thing!

Let’s be honest though. My crock-pot is possibly the most underutilized tool in my kitchen arsenal. There are so many things you can make in it but I find myself sticking to the same three or four dishes. It is especially useful for empty-nesters or people with smaller families because you can cook one big roast and make several different meals from it. That’s what we’re doing this week! We made Pot Roast and the leftovers will be used later for shredded beef burritos.

Here is what I put in our perfect pot roast. The ingredients are simple and you’ll want to layer them in order:

Two big baking potatoes cut in half
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Six carrots, cut in chunks
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One 3 lb (approx) Roast
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One large yellow onion, cut into very thick slices
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Add one envelope Lipton Beefy Onion Soup Mix, two bay leaves and one 16 oz can of beef broth. Cover and cook on high for 6 – 8 hours, depending on how long you’ll be out of the house.
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The great thing about this roast is you can add other ingredients to suit your families taste. Try including peas, parsnips, cabbage or mushrooms to bump up the flavor profile. Because we plan to use this later in the week for beefy burritos, I wanted to keep the flavors simple.

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Not only are we turning this meal into another great meal later this week, you can also save the juices and any leftover vegetables in the crock pot as the base for wonderful beef soup! I’m telling you, I have got to expand my crock-pot horizons! You can expect to see a variety of wonderful crock-pot dishes coming from my kitchen this winter! And since we’re cooking for two, these dishes will be able to create at least one other meal. Sound good?

Well, the roast was good and I know the burritos will be just as good and I’m really looking forward to some french onion soup in a few weeks! Enjoy your dinner!

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