Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday Dinner: Holy Cow! It's the Easiest Beef Roast Ever

I have a fair amount of experience in slow cookers, thanks to the cookbooks I have edited and the fact that I own and use two cookers.  I like simple recipes, but even I was surprised at the simplicity of the beef roast recipe Zoe posted.  And I know that meat can turn silky in the long moist heat of the slow cooker, but even I was surprised at how succulent the roast turned out from just this:

a beef roast
salt and pepper
1/2-1 cup red wine (or water)
1 chopped onion
and I added some chopped mushrooms because I'm trying to use up a 3-lb box (my husband knows what to bring home from business trips!).  Cook on High for 6-8 hours in the slow cooker (I think mine was more like 5 hours - it was still great).

My roast was probably 3 lbs. and I used at least 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper.

I pulled the meat apart a little bit when we got home from church, and pushed the marrow out of the bone into the juicy deliciousness. I had put potatoes in the oven on timed bake, then I cooked and buttered some garden green beans from the freezer, and served it all with some pepper cabbage (a vinegar-based coleslaw).

Well.  That was an eminently satisfying Sunday dinner, starting from when we opened the front door after church and smelled that beef.

Later in the week, I heated up the leftover roast and juice with a sauteed onion.  Then we spooned it over homemade French bread with a slice of cheese and called it French dip.  And I raved all over again.  My family is going to be seeing a lot of this beef because it is easy, tasty, and did I mention it's so easy?

Of course, you could fiddle with it and drop some rosemary in the juice, or add barbecue sauce, or maybe use part soy sauce - early in this blog I had great success with a roast in soy sauce.  


Alica said...

A good reminder for me to go get some of our beef roasts out of the freezer! (one of the fringe benefits of butchering our own steers!) Soon our son will be home from college and I'll need bigger meals again.

Zoë said...

Oh so happy it satisfied! What a perfect Sunday dinner. We had yogurt, granola, and fruit yesterday :|

Polly said...

This does sound delicious!! The Mister is currently vegan here so no roasts....although I could do one for the kids. We have 1/4 of a cow from our farm in our freezer...!!

I just want to say--I love the title to the post, too. Witty!

Hazel said...

Simple and delicious- sounds perfect! And it can cook while I'm working in the garden :)

Christy said...

My Sunday dinner is planned, thanks to you!

Sarah Barry said...

Okay, my mouth is watering. This looks so wonderful. What a perfect Sunday dinner!

I saw your comment on my blog, and I love the idea of a dish that can take on many different forms. Got to try this.

Also, I so appreciate your use of a tablecloth. It makes me nostalgic for some reason.

jenny_o said...

Sooo delicious looking! And Phoebe is looking sooo cute!

MamaMunchy said...

Thank you so much for this recipe. My parents were coming in on an early flight for a weekend visit. I had *just* enough time to throw this in the crockpot making for a perfect dinner later on after a busy day chasing the grandkids all around the house. My daughter asked me to throw in some quartered red potatoes and half a bag of baby carrots, which I did the last hour or so of cooking. My mom cut up the meat, added some frozen peas, and thickened it with some cornstarch, making a wonderful stew that we enjoyed with broiled asparagus and sliced homemade bread. It was a huge hit! Thank you for posting such a great recipe and thank you to Zoe also...