1 3 – 4 lb roast (eye round, bottom round or top round – you can also use chuck (cheaper), but that is a little fatty, but still delicious)
¼ cup flour
2 TBS of oil
Choose ONE of the following for liquid:
2 beers plus 3 beef boullion cubes OR condensed beef stock paste (this is my recipe, but since we have recovering alcoholics in the mix, choose one of the others, HOWEVER – the alcohol COMPLETELY cooks off so it’s actually okay to use even if you are in recovery. But I guess if you are in recovery, you probably don’t have beer in the house. If you are in recovery and you do have beer in the house, I suggest you go to a meeting and share about that)
3 cups of water plus 3 beef boullion cubes OR condensed beef stock paste
3 cups beef stock
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried thyme
1 ½ tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 or 3 large potatoes (white or sweet) cut into 1” cubes
4 carrots cut into ½ inch slices
Gravy – ¼ to ½ cup cornstarch, salt, pepper, onion powder.
1. Coat roast on all sides with flour
2. In large pot, heat oil for one min on med-high heat, then add roast and brown each side. About one min per side. You are only browning, not cooking.
If you are using a crock pot to slow cook all day, remove from pot and put in crock pot once browned (slow cooking from morning until night will give the best results. Also, if you are slow-cooking, you can prepare this the night before and simply plug in in the morning. If you are staying home and only cooking for 3 hours on a very low heat, leave in pan.
3. Add liquid and spices. DO NOT ADD VEGGIES. Cook all day in crock pot or 1 ½ to 2 hours on stove.
4. Add veggies. You only cook with the veggies until they are to your desired tenderness 30 for firm, 45 to tender, 1 hr to mush. You decide.
Remove from meat and Veg from pot. KEEP liquid in pot. Put roast on a plate to sit for 10 min while you make gravy. Put veggies in bowl as you may have to hit them in micro for a min to reheat before serving as they will lose part of their heat.
GRAVY – take ¼ cup cornstarch and ¼ water and mix well. Add to liquid and stir. Let cook a few minutes and see if that is your desired gravy consistency. If you want it thicker, repeat process. You can add salt, pepper, and onion powder if it needs a kick 🙂