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Monday, December 27, 2010

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

This one was a biggie!  Not sure what the official total is out there, but it's definitely around 2 feet.  And the wind is out of control!  Crazy.  Even though Bella talked a lot about going out to play in the snow, she didn't last more than a few minutes...


Weather like this definitely calls for comfort food.  I busted out the crockpot and threw together an oldie but goodie.  I don't even remember where this recipe originally came from - I've been making it a long time and have done a ton of tweaking to it anyway.  The key is, cut the vegetables in big chunks so they don't get mushy and fall apart.  It still doesn't make for a pretty picture, but it tastes damn good :) and there's always plenty of leftovers.


3-4 pound bottom round roast
salt and pepper
5 potatoes, unpeeled, cut in large chunks
5 carrots, peeled, cut in large chunks (or baby carrots)
2 onions, cut in large chunks
green beans (fresh or frozen)
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 1/2 cups water

Season the roast with salt and pepper and place in crockpot.  Add half of the potatoes, carrots and onion around the sides, then half of the soup mix, then half the water.  Toss in the rest of the vegetables (except the green beans) followed by the remaining soup mix and water.

Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours.  Add the green beans about 30 minutes before serving.


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9 Comments:

At December 27, 2010 at 8:51 PM , Blogger Frank Clare said...

Perfect way to end a long cold day. I walked into the house after snow blowing the driveway and playing with Bella and Melissa had an incredible meal waiting for the both of us.

 
At December 27, 2010 at 10:20 PM , Blogger Ann said...

Love the picture of Bella! Adorable. Perfect day for Pot Roast.

 
At January 9, 2011 at 11:01 PM , Blogger MopTopMaven said...

I plan on making this later this week. How many servings do you think it makes? I'm trying to get a little freezer stash of comfort foods going...

 
At January 9, 2011 at 11:06 PM , Blogger Melissa said...

You'll get about 5-6 nice sized portions out of this recipe. Enjoy!

 
At January 10, 2011 at 8:04 AM , Blogger MopTopMaven said...

Awesome! I can easily freeze half for later then!

 
At January 11, 2011 at 5:17 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

Just made this tonight and it came out great! The best part of this meal is that it is extremely easy to prepare. It took me about 15 minutes to assemble everything in the crockpot and that was it. The meat comes out extremely tender and the onion soup mix give the potatoes and veggies a great taste. Thanks Melissa

 
At January 11, 2011 at 7:06 PM , Blogger MopTopMaven said...

I made it tonight too. The meat was tender, the potatoes and carrots were soft, and the green beans were not mushy, so we were happy with that. But we thought it wasn't as flavorful as we hoped. I had 3.8lbs of meat - maybe a second envelope of soup mix would have helped.

I also tried to thicken the sauce/gravy a bit by blending some of it with flour and returning to the crockpot to continue to cook. My husband remembers his mother's pot roast having a thicker gravy, but I didn't quite duplicate that.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 7:30 PM , Blogger Melissa said...

MopTop, did you season the meat before putting it in the crockpot? If so, then yes, maybe trying more soup mix, or more seasonings, or even cut back the water a little bit next time will be better for you. Glad you enjoyed it otherwise!

 
At January 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM , Blogger MopTopMaven said...

i did - seasoned with salt, pepper and added some garlic powder, on both sides.

i will try it again!

 

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