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Today is Fathers Day and my hubby requested pot roast with mashed potatoes and gravy.I sear my roast in a cast iron pan with a little bit of canola oil.I use tongs to flip and handle the meat not to p
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BEEF POT ROAST : How do you make yours???

posted at 6/17/2012 2:34 PM EDT
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Today is Fathers Day and my hubby requested pot roast with mashed potatoes and gravy.I sear my roast in a cast iron pan with a little bit of canola oil.I use tongs to flip and handle the meat not to pierce the meat and let the juices run out.When brown I place the roast in a roasting pan.I get rid of all the excess grease that cooked out of the roast and then saute a large chopped onion in the frying pan which helps to loosen all the good brown bits from the bottom of the frying pan.When the onions are done I add just a little hot water into the pan to further remove the brown bits on the bottom of the frying pan.I season the roast with salt,pepper and garlic powder,I place about 4 celery stalks on the bottom of the roasting pan and place the roast up on the celery stalks this will hold the roast up out of the stock which will become the gravy later,this will also add flavor.I scrape all the onion from the frying on top of the roast.I made hot black coffee,2 cups and dissolved 2 teaspoons of beef base in the hot coffee,pour this into the roasting pan alone with the roast.Roast @ 325* for about 3 hrs or until soft and tender.After the roast is done remove from roasting pan along with the celery,I discard the celery.Let the roast rest covered with foil on a serving plate for about 10 minutes.In the mean time the gravy can be thickened with flour or corn starch.Gravy can be served on the roast and mashed potatoes.The coffee tenderizes the beef and makes a darker gravy.

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posted at 6/17/2012 2:58 PM EDT
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That sounds great a lot of work to it but I do like pot roast  in 3 hrs here it just doesn;t fall off the bone or get real tender  I am in Wy and can't seem to get good meat.

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posted at 6/17/2012 3:00 PM EDT
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I haven't made a pot roast in several years, as it is not a favorite of the men in my life. But when I did make one I roasted it in my microwave with great results. Put the roast in a 13 x 9 glass dish, cover with plastic wrap, cook on High for 10 min. Drain, turn meat over, recover. Cook on Simmer for 45 minutes, turn meat over. Add sliced onion or small whites, chopped celery, bay leaf, sliced mushrooms (fresh or canned), sliced carrots, quartered potatoes. Recover roast and cook for 40 - 45 more minutes on Simmer, or until fork tender. Let stand, covered, 10 minutes.

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posted at 6/17/2012 5:00 PM EDT
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I have a rather strange recipe that I have been using for years.
Pot Roast, I usually get 5 pound or so.
Carrots, I use a 1 pound bag because I love carrots
2 onions cut into wedges
4 or 5 stalks of celery cut in 3 or 4 inch pieces
2 potatoes, cut into quarters(**see note below about potatoes**)
Beef broth
1 Can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 Cup horseradish
salt and pepper to taste

In a Dutch oven brown beef.
Add the vegetables and brown a bit then add beef broth cranberry sauce and horseradish.  Stir until cranberry sauce melts down.  Put lid on and put in oven at 300 until meat is tender. 2 to 3 hours. 
This can easily be done in a slow cooker.
I like this served with noodles rather than the potatoes. My husband likes potatoes that is why I only use 2 potatoes.  Use more if you want more potatoes. The long cooking mellows the horseradish so don't worry about the 1 cup but if you want to reduce it the original recipe I was given called for 1/4 Cup.

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posted at 6/17/2012 6:00 PM EDT
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I like to put mine in the slow cooker.

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posted at 6/17/2012 8:25 PM EDT
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I have a rather strange recipe that I have been using for years. Pot Roast, I usually get 5 pound or so. Carrots, I use a 1 pound bag because I love carrots 2 onions cut into wedges 4 or 5 stalks of celery cut in 3 or 4 inch pieces 2 potatoes, cut into quarters(**see note below about potatoes**) Beef broth 1 Can whole berry cranberry sauce 1 Cup horseradish salt and pepper to taste In a Dutch oven brown beef. Add the vegetables and brown a bit then add beef broth cranberry sauce and horseradish.  Stir until cranberry sauce melts down.  Put lid on and put in oven at 300 until meat is tender. 2 to 3 hours.  This can easily be done in a slow cooker. I like this served with noodles rather than the potatoes. My husband likes potatoes that is why I only use 2 potatoes.  Use more if you want more potatoes. The long cooking mellows the horseradish so don't worry about the 1 cup but if you want to reduce it the original recipe I was given called for 1/4 Cup.
Posted by nikki p


This does sound good and interesting! What does the cranberry sauce taste like once it's cooked? Is it real sweet?I think I would like the noodles better too,but I would make spatzelle (Hungarians call it nokedli) I know I would like the horseradish.We have a restaurant here called George's Kitchen.It is owned by a Greek gentleman.I love his country fried steak,it doesn't have the typical white country gravy but a golden gravy that I'm totally addicted to.I couldn't for the life of me figure out what I was tasting but I loved it so I asked the waitress what is in this gravy? Her answer horseradish.It is so good I could just lick the plate! lol Seriously I would if no one was looking ! lol lol lol Tongue out Thanks for sharing this nice recipe,I will try it whenever I have two roasts,I love to try new things and so does my son,hubby is not too daring he just likes old fashion home cooking. I bought two roasts each was a good 3-4 # I guesstimate that I cut a good 1 - 1 1/2  # of fat off the roasts.It's hard to find good meat in the grocery stores.I love to go to our butcher but it is expensive.The good thing is he gets his meat from his dad's farm.He doesn't open on Sundays because he goes to the farm to help out.I have bought free range chickens from him in the past and we always buy our steaks from him.I made chicken paprikash from the chickens and my dear aunt Rose who never complimented anyone's cooking because she though she was the best cook and she was an awesome cook.She told me that was the best Paprikash she had ever eaten.I ran into her neighbor who is also Hungarian and she said "Rosie tells me you make the best Paprikash".Embarassed So now the pressure is on.I have an image to maintain.lol lol lol .Thanks again,I hope to try this soon.

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posted at 6/17/2012 10:24 PM EDT
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I just put mine in the crockpot too.

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posted at 6/18/2012 7:21 AM EDT
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i use the crock pot to easy and get a great roast

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posted at 6/18/2012 8:38 AM EDT
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we made a beef pot roast for father days at  the church and all the father was ivited.

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posted at 6/18/2012 9:38 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: BEEF POT ROAST : How do you make yours??? : This does sound good and interesting! What does the cranberry sauce taste like once it's cooked? Is it real sweet?I think I would like the noodles better too,but I would make spatzelle (Hungarians call it nokedli) I know I would like the horseradish.We have a restaurant here called George's Kitchen.It is owned by a Greek gentleman.I love his country fried steak,it doesn't have the typical white country gravy but a golden gravy that I'm totally addicted to.I couldn't for the life of me figure out what I was tasting but I loved it so I asked the waitress what is in this gravy? Her answer horseradish.It is so good I could just lick the plate! lol Seriously I would if no one was looking ! lol lol lol  Thanks for sharing this nice recipe,I will try it whenever I have two roasts,I love to try new things and so does my son,hubby is not too daring he just likes old fashion home cooking. I bought two roasts each was a good 3-4 # I guesstimate that I cut a good 1 - 1 1/2  # of fat off the roasts.It's hard to find good meat in the grocery stores.I love to go to our butcher but it is expensive.The good thing is he gets his meat from his dad's farm.He doesn't open on Sundays because he goes to the farm to help out.I have bought free range chickens from him in the past and we always buy our steaks from him.I made chicken paprikash from the chickens and my dear aunt Rose who never complimented anyone's cooking because she though she was the best cook and she was an awesome cook.She told me that was the best Paprikash she had ever eaten.I ran into her neighbor who is also Hungarian and she said "Rosie tells me you make the best Paprikash".  So now the pressure is on.I have an image to maintain.lol lol lol .Thanks again,I hope to try this soon.
Posted by gale g


The best description I can use for this with the combination of cranberry sauce and the horseradish it has a flavor reminiscent of a Sauerbraten.  The original recipe called for a bit of cinnamon but the rest in the family did not like the cinnamon so I started to omit it. I don't think it makes a big difference one way or the other.

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posted at 6/18/2012 9:52 AM EDT
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all my life we cooked our roasts in a high dome electric skillet--------no non-stick liner----------but my skillet finally died on me and i've tried several methods since-crock pot------roaster----and slow cooker-------without getting the results i liked--------------

i now use a skillet on top of the stove------------i prefer a bone-in roast but rarely find one-----------and since it's just me i cook smaller roasts around 2 lbs----------buy larger on sale and cut into smaller ones----------

i pierce  it with a knife and insert minced garlic in several places------------then salt and flour it (no pepper for me)----------brown both sides in vegetable oil----------when i turn it over i add a large onion in half-slices ------then add water and turn it down to simmer-----------with the lid on about one hour and a half-------------then i add carrots and peeled and quartered potatoes----------and cook until they are done--------i remove roast and vegetables and thicken the gravy with corn starch

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posted at 6/18/2012 10:08 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: BEEF POT ROAST : How do you make yours??? : The best description I can use for this with the combination of cranberry sauce and the horseradish it has a flavor reminiscent of a Sauerbraten.  The original recipe called for a bit of cinnamon but the rest in the family did not like the cinnamon so I started to omit it. I don't think it makes a big difference one way or the other.
Posted by nikki p


This did come to mind,that is why I would make spaetzel to go with it.My Mom in law used to put allspice on her roasts and they were great.She always roasted a pork and beef roast together and I have to save the gravy was some of the best I have ever eaten.I need to start doing the pork and beef together,it's been a long time.Meat is so expensive now,I'm lucky to buy what I have been.Thanks again for the recipe.

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posted at 6/18/2012 10:18 AM EDT
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all my life we cooked our roasts in a high dome electric skillet--------no non-stick liner----------but my skillet finally died on me and i've tried several methods since-crock pot------roaster----and slow cooker-------without getting the results i liked-------------- i now use a skillet on top of the stove------------i prefer a bone-in roast but rarely find one-----------and since it's just me i cook smaller roasts around 2 lbs----------buy larger on sale and cut into smaller ones---------- i pierce  it with a knife and insert minced garlic in several places------------then salt and flour it (no pepper for me)----------brown both sides in vegetable oil----------when i turn it over i add a large onion in half-slices ------then add water and turn it down to simmer-----------with the lid on about one hour and a half-------------then i add carrots and peeled and quartered potatoes----------and cook until they are done--------i remove roast and vegetables and thicken the gravy with corn starch
Posted by nellie v


My Mom used to make her roasts on top of the stove in a dutch oven.The results were excellent.She also used corn starch to thicken.When I make pork roast I cut little holes in the meat and insert garlic cloves.I don't have a crock pot anymore and I'm still not sure I want to replace it.I have so many kitchen items now.Thanks for sharing your method,just like my mom's.

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posted at 6/18/2012 10:23 AM EDT
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I haven't made a pot roast in several years, as it is not a favorite of the men in my life. But when I did make one I roasted it in my microwave with great results. Put the roast in a 13 x 9 glass dish, cover with plastic wrap, cook on High for 10 min. Drain, turn meat over, recover. Cook on Simmer for 45 minutes, turn meat over. Add sliced onion or small whites, chopped celery, bay leaf, sliced mushrooms (fresh or canned), sliced carrots, quartered pVerleeotatoes. Recover roast and cook for 40 - 45 more minutes on Simmer, or until fork tender. Let stand, covered, 10 minutes.
Posted by Verlee T


Verlee,wow you are daring.I have never learned to cook using the microwave.You must have a large one being able to put a 9x13 dish into it.Thanks for sharing your method.It sounds great.

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posted at 6/18/2012 12:42 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: BEEF POT ROAST : How do you make yours??? : My Mom used to make her roasts on top of the stove in a dutch oven.The results were excellent.She also used corn starch to thicken.When I make pork roast I cut little holes in the meat and insert garlic cloves.I don't have a crock pot anymore and I'm still not sure I want to replace it.I have so many kitchen items now.Thanks for sharing your method,just like my mom's.
Posted by gale g


any time i can avoid the oven---------i try-------in tx most of the yr it's hot---------------also for me bending and lifting it in and out of the oven several times is a problem----------and can be disastrous at any time when i'm dealing with a large or heavy pot

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posted at 6/18/2012 3:01 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: BEEF POT ROAST : How do you make yours??? : any time i can avoid the oven---------i try-------in tx most of the yr it's hot---------------also for me bending and lifting it in and out of the oven several times is a problem----------and can be disastrous at any time when i'm dealing with a large or heavy pot
Posted by nellie v


For safety reason you are so right.I'm in a wheelchair and anything hot and heavy from the oven or anthing boiled that needs drained I have my son help me with.I canned apple jelly and he did all the heavy stuff for me that's all I would need to get burned.I'm so lucky to have him here at home.I have a cast iron dutch oven I should try doing it on the top of the stove.

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posted at 6/18/2012 7:15 PM EDT
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On the very rare occasion I decide to make roast beef, I put the beef in a baking pan with a good slug of beef broth.  The roast is covered with dried onions and foil.  It bakes 3 or 3 1/2 hours.  Then I dump in lots of carrots, potatoes, real onions and more canned broth - bake for another hour.   Remove the veggies and roast - make gravy with cornstarch.  It's good .... the leftovers chopped into "hash" are better.

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posted at 6/18/2012 8:22 PM EDT
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Usually I just make mine in the cast iron skillet on the stove.  Brown the meat on both sides, add onions, garlic cloves, potatoes, carrots and celery.  Add about a cup and a half of water and simmer until done(adding more water as needed).  I did use the oven bags for pot roast a few times but the salt content is out of sight.  I don't salt much anymore and maybe that's a good thing lol.

I may just have to try Gale and Nikki's recipes.  They sound really good.  Thanks ladies.

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posted at 6/19/2012 9:05 AM EDT
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Usually I just make mine in the cast iron skillet on the stove.  Brown the meat on both sides, add onions, garlic cloves, potatoes, carrots and celery.  Add about a cup and a half of water and simmer until done(adding more water as needed).  I did use the oven bags for pot roast a few times but the salt content is out of sight.  I don't salt much anymore and maybe that's a good thing lol. I may just have to try Gale and Nikki's recipes.  They sound really good.  Thanks ladies.
Posted by H. M


I have done mine in the Dutch Oven on top of the stove but it takes watching so I usually toss it in the oven.
 I am not sure of the reaction of the cranberry sauce with the cast iron, I don't think it is acidic but I'm not sure. If you have one of the oven roast bags use the bag and toss out the "stuff" that comes with it.  I think you can buy the bags without the seasoning packets. I am pretty sure I have seen them around the holidays for doing a turkey.

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posted at 6/19/2012 10:06 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: BEEF POT ROAST : How do you make yours??? : I have done mine in the Dutch Oven on top of the stove but it takes watching so I usually toss it in the oven.  I am not sure of the reaction of the cranberry sauce with the cast iron, I don't think it is acidic but I'm not sure. If you have one of the oven roast bags use the bag and toss out the "stuff" that comes with it.  I think you can buy the bags without the seasoning packets. I am pretty sure I have seen them around the holidays for doing a turkey.
Posted by nikki p


My dutch oven is enamal coated so it wouldn't be a problem.I haven't used those oven bags in decades.I think they do sell plain ones though.Those were so popular about 30 some years ago.
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