I have been so in love with my slow cooker lately that I took him on a road trip to Chicago. My parents who live in the city are way too busy to cook and with just two of them it is so much easier to just grab something on their way home. They don’t even own a microwave much more a slow cooker. For me knowing that we will be spending most of our days in zoos and museums the last thing that I wanted to do is worry about kids nutrition. So I brought it with me, on a 16 hour car ride.
When we finally made it to Chicago, and it was a lot colder then I expected, I put it straight to work making Pot Roast with Mushroom gravy, super quick one pot dish. I should probably mention that it is perfect comfort food for a cold winter day.
You will need a 2-3 lb Chunk Roast (Pot Roast), 2 cans (15.5 oz) of Cream of Mushroom Soup, 1 bag Onion Soup mix, 1 small bag of mini carrots, 1 lb bag of fingerling or baby potatoes, 1 cup frozen peas
Note: You can substitute small potatoes with frozen french fries
Trim the meat of excess fat
It may not be much but it will be great for your waist and even better for your best friend, who will wag his tail in excitement
Place the meat on 1tbs olive oil and brown on all sides.
In the meantime empty the contents of Cream of Mushroom soup (2 cans) and Onion Soup mix into the bottom of your slow cooker and mix well
Wash the potatoes.
Make sure the roast is well brown on all sides, that means however many facets the beef has. It will give it a nice deep flavor.
When done place in the slow cooker
Surround with potatoes and carrots. If there is not enough room for the vegetables don’t worry there will be.
As the meat continues to cook it will shrink. It will also give off liquid which will make the gravy less dense but still tick. Therefore sit back and relax, do not add any water just cover. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 5-6.
When the meat is falling off the bone (last hour) add frozen peas and cook until warmed through
Come to a home cooked comfort meal that everyone will love. I wasa surprised to see my 4 year olds eat at least half a pound of meat each, smiling and happy.