Background and History:
Slow Cooker Pot Roast, a beloved comfort food, has its origins in Europe, where pot roasting was a traditional cooking method. It involves slow-cooking a tough cut of beef in a covered pot or slow cooker with a mix of vegetables and flavorful broth. This method was popularized in the United States during the 20th century when slow cookers became household staples. Today, it remains a cherished and convenient dish, perfect for busy weeknight dinners.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cooking Time: 8-10 hours (slow cooker)
- 3-4 pounds chuck roast
- 4-5 medium potatoes, quartered
- 4 carrots, cut into chunks
- 1 onion, sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (optional, for thickening)
- Season the chuck roast with salt and pepper.
- In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
- Sear the chuck roast on all sides until browned. This enhances the flavor of the meat.
- Place the seared roast in the slow cooker.
- Add the potatoes, carrots, onion, and minced garlic around the roast.
- In a separate bowl, mix the beef broth, dried thyme, and dried rosemary. Pour this mixture over the ingredients in the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours until the meat is tender.
- Optionally, make a slurry by mixing 2 tablespoons of flour with a little water and add it to the slow cooker to thicken the gravy.
- Serve the pot roast with the vegetables and the rich gravy.
- Calories: Approximately 300-400 per serving
- Protein: Around 30-35g
- Carbohydrates: Approximately 20-25g
- Fat: About 15-20g
- The slow cooker does most of the work for you, creating a tender and flavorful pot roast.
- Customize the vegetables and herbs to your preference for a personalized touch.
- Be cautious of potential allergens in the ingredients used, and consider specific dietary requirements.
Slow Cooker Pot Roast is a comforting, time-honored meal that’s perfect for busy days. Let your slow cooker do the heavy lifting, creating tender, flavorful beef and perfectly cooked vegetables, all in a rich and hearty gravy. It’s a classic family favorite that’s sure to please.