Yum Peaceful Cooking: Pot Roast Wishing for Rain

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pot Roast Wishing for Rain

I've done a Pot Roast and Veggies post before (that one included Yorkshire Pudding...YUM!!) but that was a crock pot recipe. This time it's from the oven :)

It started to cool off a little over the weekend. Nope...not gonna say what "cool off" means in California cuz I know you all will just laugh at me. So let me rephrase that....for US Californians, it started to cool off a bit (read: got below 75 during the day....and thats all I'm sayin).

I was in the mood for a nice juicy, tender Pot Roast with those yummy veggies. Oh man how I was wishin for rain.

Sooo...I had a rather large roast. Not unusually large but we never even come close to eating 3+ lbs of meat. For the first time ever, I cut that Chuck Roast in half and for just us, it was perfect. Sir Sportsalot was gone for the weekend doing sports stuff....softball tournament with his work or something like that. I stayed home. I'm not dumb enough to leave two teenage daughters at home for the weekend without an adult.


I took 1/2 of the roast, made a few little wholes in it on both sides and shoved some garlic in there. Seasoned with some salt and pepper.

Got out some sort of roasting pan. Which by the way is on the small side. If I use a whole roast I have to shove the roast in there to fit. I have a larger roaster. But its kinda on the huge side. So this little 1/2 roast was perfect.

I melted some shortening in the pan and seared all the sides of my roast....

I even seared the edges. I stabbed the meat with a fork and rested it on the side of the pan to help balance it while it browned....works great!

Once that was all nice and brown....(btw, don't you wish you could smell it?) I poured in 1 can of French Onion Soup Concentrate, 1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup, and 1/2 cup beef broth.

I heated it to a boil, covered it and stuck it in a preheated 325' F oven for about 2 hours.

I sliced up a few potatoes and carrots. I usually add onions to the mix but with the French Onion Soup in there, I figured it was already full of flavor.  Add the veggies to the pan....

I kinda gently tossed them around so they were all coated and everything. Covered again and cooked for an additional hour.

Once the veggies were tender, I took the pot out of the oven, removed the meat from the pot (be careful cuz it just might fall off the fork), placed it in a good sized bowl....poured the "gravy" over the meat, covered and set it aside.

I cranked up the oven heat to 425'F and put the veggies on the top rack, uncovered, back into the oven for a few minutes to crispify. (I think it was about 15 minutes. Just keep an eye on it.)

Well, I have a confession. This is the first time I used these soups in my roast. I usually use broth, water, or canned tomatoes....etc. But let me tell you......instant gravy that is wonderful, and the meat!


There's enough chewing to do so you know you're eating a good piece of meat but at the same time, it just melts in your mouth like butter!

I totally forgot about the garlic that I had shoved in there until I got a wonderfully roasted garlic enhanced bite. mmmmm

Now here's irony.

I made this meal a few nights ago... pining for rain. Guess what its doing today while I write about it?

It's raining.

And what did I have for dinner tonight?

Del Taco Beef Burrito and Fries

(I ain't right)


  1. This looks like such a savory and hearty dish. I like seeing the large chunks of potatoes and carrots!

    I heard that there was a terrible storm in Northern California today.

  2. mmm. looks really juicy and yummy!
    i LOVE meat. heh. awesome post btw :)

  3. perfect for a....uhm, well almost....rainy day! LOL Looks awesomely delishiouso!

  4. whole package sounds delicious... the onion soup is a great addition to the more usual mushroom.

    This is a keeper

  5. That is a beauty of a pot roast! When I feel up to cooking again, I'll have to get one.

  6. We've had so much rain in North Carolina we're going to turn into mildew and rust. Your pot roast looks perfect for a rainy day.

  7. FLB - I think this is one of my favorite ways to eat potatoes and the carrots were so very sweet. That storm is now causing all sorts of problems for us in SoCal....especially traffic (no one around here knows how to drive in the rain)

    Muffins - glad you stopped by. I'm glad you liked my post :) I'll make sure to check out your "ugly cupcakes" LOL

    DD - I just can't seem to wrap your southern accent around the word "delishiouso" LMAO!!!

    Grill - I got the onion soup idea from my sister. She's an incredible cook.

    Cathy - I hope you feel better soon. Have some more french fries :)

    Sam - Since its raining today still...I think Pot Roast is on the lunch menu :). Borrow the tin mans oil can for the rust, but what do you do for the mildew? pressure hose?

  8. Hey, my parents used to leave me home alone for big stretches of time all the time when I was a teenager! Course I never threw parties. Just a select group of friend and... well, that's all I'm saying. ;)

    The pot roast looks great! I love pot roast. Heh, I have a sister who lives in SoCal. Every time she talks about their winter "weather" my girlfriend gets all pensive and wants to move.

  9. It's such a great idea using the soup mixes with pot roast. I'll have to try it next time. What a great idea to make the holes and put garlic in! Yum!

  10. As I was reading this post the 11pm news is on here and they were saying that we have had precipitation on 144 out of 284 days this year and even if it doesn't rain for the rest of the year, we are already ahead of an average year.

    Your pot roast looks dreamily perfect!

  11. Yum! I LOVE Pot Roast. It's just gotten cold here & VERY rainy (I'll send you some) so I think this might be in order very soon!

  12. This is one of my MOST favorite cold weather meals. Yours looks delicious. I have never made it with the soups, but after seeing how good yours turned out, I just might have to try it.

  13. Oh! This pot roast sure looks yummie, very comforting...love the idea of adding the onion soup :-)

  14. LOL...you ain't right! ;) I LOVE pot roast...that sear is gorgeous! I'm definitely going to try it this way next time.

  15. MMmmmmm.... LOVE comfort food!!!!!


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