Is the Sunday family dinner dead? Few traditions are as well loved as the family Sunday dinner. But, in today's fast paced culture, are people still taking time to get the family together to enjoy a good meal on Sunday afternoon? Sure they are, and what better way to get a great meal prepared without a lot of fuss than with a slow cooker. Very popular recipes are crock pot recipes for pot roast.
But crock pots cook slowly, and your family eats their main meal early on Sunday. How can you have food ready in time? Slow cookers have a high setting that cooks the food in about four to five hours, so just as you do during the week, pop the ingredients in the slow cooker before you head off to church or whatever activity you partake in, and the food will be done when your family is ready to eat later on that day.
Since roasts are a family favorite meal for anytime, but especially on Sunday, here are a couple of easy and delicious crock pot recipes for pot roast to try.
Easy New England Pot Roast
3-4 lbs beef roast
8 small red potatoes, cut into quarters
8 medium carrots, cut into chunks
1 small onion, chopped
1 - 8 oz jar prepared horseradish
1-2 teaspoon salt
1/4-1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
Place potatoes, carrots, and onion into your crock pot. Place beef on top of vegetables. Mix horseradish, salt, pepper and 1 cup water; pour over top of beef. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until beef and vegetables are tender. Remove 2 cups of juices from slow cooker and put into small sauce pan. Mix corn starch with 2 tablespoons of cold water and then add to juices. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly until thickened. Serve gravy over meat and vegetables.
Beef Roast and Sour Cream Gravy
1 (3 pound) chuck or pot roast
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon dill weed
5 or 6 small potatoes
5 or 6 carrots
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large onion
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon dill seed
Coat roast with 2 tablespoons flour, salt and pepper. Brown in oil in skillet. Put roast in crock pot. Add water and vinegar. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon dill weed over meat, then add potatoes, carrots, onion and salt. Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours. To make a gravy, pour off 3 tablespoons of drippings, add 1 tablespoon flour and heat. Measure rest of drippings, and add water to make 1 cup. Add to flour mixture and heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add sour cream and 1 teaspoon dill weed. Heat to boiling before serving.
Crock pot cooking tip: During long cooking times, dry, ground herbs and spices may dissolve, so a good tip is to always add your ground spices closer to the end of cooking time. For the best flavor enhancing, use whole herbs and spices because they tend to release their flavor over time and work very well in crock pot slow cooking.
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