I found this recipe in a Marsha Adams cookbook and adapted it to suit my family's taste. It is perfect cold-weather food. My husband loves to come home to the aroma of this stew cooking! Don't let the long list of ingredients fool you, it is really easy to throw together.
First prepare the Margarita and put in the refrigerator to keep cold, then work on the shrimp. The recipe works best if you sample the margarita as you prepare the spicy shrimp. Be sure to leave at least a 1/4 cup for the shrimp or you will have to make more margaritas. Depending on how much you have sampled you may want someone else to tend to the grill. And, as always, don't skimp on the quality of tequila. Oh, and the shrimp is phenomenal!
I make this ahead of time so I can check meat carefully and serve with mashed potatoes that I also make ahead. The timing doesn't really fit for all day being gone. Eye of round is very lean meat so the gravy is important. If butcher has a better cut of meat like sirloin I buy that instead.
This was a favorite of mine growing up that my Mom used to make (likely still does). It is really good, a great tasing gravy type sauce, a whole meal in one and it tastes like you worked hard. Great meal for company when you dont want to spend the day in the kitchen. The meat can also be cup up, mixed with the veggies and made into a stew for freezing afterwards, good on bread too. I have done beef and pork roasts this way.
Shoulder or sirloin cuts work well. Think a pork cottage roll roast is same thing. The meat amount could be bigger, but that kettle, meat, and liquid are REALLY heavy--- and timing would need adjusting. I serve this with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. Remember to leave room for dessert! Pie is always nice. :) Recently made this with a pork sirloin roast with bone in a 5 pounder (great buy too)-came out moist and sliceable.
The fresh herbs and spice paste form a wonderful crispy "crust" on this roast, while the interior remains meltingly tender. An added bonus...the fresh herbs smell wonderful during the slow roasting process!