Cooking with the Non-Cook: Crock Pot Roast and Potatoes
This week, the Non-Cook has been quite busy. Sometimes, we all have weeks where take-out is the easiest option. However, with the crock pot, you can set it and forget it as the old saying goes. This meal will give you something hearty and homemade for the busy days on your summer schedule. It's so easy. The Non-Cook could do it before he even began his journey to culinary excellence.
Ingredients and Supplies:
1. 1 Chuck Roast (2.5 lbs)2. 4-5 Potatoes, quartered3. 6 Carrots, halved4. 1/2 Onion5. Garlic Powder6. Onion Powder7. Salt/Pepper8. Crock Pot/Slow Cooker9. Crock Pot Bags (Optional)
The first thing you will want to do is season your roast. Take salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to make a nice rub for your roast. These flavors will help season your water based broth. You can let the rub sit for a few minutes while you get ready for your day ahead.
Next, you will want to put the roast in the crock pot. You can use a slow cooker bag to make clean up easier, but it isn't necessary. This will save you a lot of hassle for cleanup, and I recommend it to anyone using this recipe due to lack of time. You will thank me later in exchange for the little-added cost and the extra few seconds to put it in the pot.
Third, you will want to fill your crock pot with water. You will need to pour enough in to submerge your meat. This will become your broth, and with good seasoning will be better than using beef stock. This allows for a natural flavor, and it doesn't create overkill like beef, or chicken broth can sometimes do. Obviously, this is all preference, but I wouldn't steer you wrong.
Finally, you will want to add your vegetables. Some like to add their veggies right away, and others will wait until closer to supper time. Overall, you just need to make sure they cook for at least two hours. Peel your carrots, potatoes, and onion to place into the crock pot.
Set the crock pot on low, and cook for approx. 6-8 hours.