I can think of no better way than to kick off the first recipe post of 2013 with a culinary creation from the Secret Recipe Club.
This month’s top secret assignment was Cookin’ Mimi and, like many of my prior Secret Recipe Club assignments had me whining about “I can only pick ONE?” Mimi has some seriously delicious recipes like her Pumpkin Spice Sweet Rolls, a soul soothing Easy Beef Vegetable Soup, these intriguing Enchilada Stuffed Shells but it was her Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Vegetables that captured my attention. I had never made a pot roast before so I figured there was no better time like the present. Plus – with the chill in the air in Philly, I figured it was time to break out my favorite slow cooker and start off 2013 with a bit of comfort.
I don’t know why I thought a pot roast would be daunting. In all reality, it’s a bit of searing, a bit of chopping and veggie tumbling into the slow cooker and a bit of beef stock to turn everything all delicious. Me and my irrational culinary fears I guess. This was amazing and, I have a confession, I have never used tapioca to thicken a sauce, until now. What a brilliant idea! One tip for the pot roast – make sure to dry the meat thoroughly and season before you sear. I used a bit of my favorite garlic olive oil to add a bit of extra garlic flavor. I browned the onions a bit for that caramelization factor and took a shortcut with the baby carrots. The last hour, I tumbled in some frozen cut green beans and pearl onions and it was absolutely perfect.
On to the recipe:
Gather the ingredients
Isn’t this a beautiful piece of chuck roast?
Sprinkling the veggies with the tapioca
Serve over some Parmesan mashed potatoes and enjoy!
Adapted from Cookin' Mimi
As I know I’ll be faced with Pot Roast leftovers for days, I’ll be checking out these Pot Roast Enchiladas from Jersey Girl Cooks, making a batch of Pot Roast Soup from Eat.Live.Blog, and getting a few ideas from The Kitchn – possibly some pulled beef sammies.
Many thanks to Mimi for a fabulous recipe and the Secret Recipe Club for a fabulous assignment to kick off 2013.
Do you have any ideas for what to do with Pot Roast leftovers?
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