The "finished product" was really nice, I think in part because of your direction to brown the vegetables. We loved this meal!
This is an excellent recipe, with very good directions for prepping food for the crockpot. I made a few modest changes - I did rub the meat with flour prior to browning, adding few whole garlic cloves with the other vegetables. I used 1/2 cup of red wine that I simmered to reduce to half and then added 1/4 cup of chicken broth. I also added a few whole peppercorns to the crock. I think you would need more vegetables if you need all the servings shown. I used a 2 lb roast but all the vegetables and liquid. My pot roast was tender but sliceable and the vegetables were done in about 5 hours, using a 5 qt crockpot.<br/>,
I've made pot roast for 'ever' but always in the oven. I went in search of a crockpot recipe and chose this one as it seemed very similar to what I had made in the past. It is excellent. I made a change or two and will make a couple of others for making in the future. That said it is a truly excellent recipe.
What I changed: I used a Boneless Chuck Crossrib of just barely 2#'s and reduced veg amounts by roughly half. I added half a yellow turnip (rutabaga) quartered, as I've always done so with pot roast, and 3 sprigs of fresh thyme. I added dried thyme and garlic powder to the outside of the roast before browning. The liquid added was closer to 2 1/2 cups rather than the one that seems indicated? (See below) Otherwise ingredients were as per recipe.
Results: IMO, I would not put the potatoes in from the get go as they simply disintegrated with such long cooking. I would not quarter (or even half) the onions as they also disintegrated. The flavor was there but they weren't discernible by the eye. The turnip and carrotts came out excellently so those are what I would layer the bottom with, along with whole onions, then add the roast on top. I would add the quartered potatoes half way thru cooking (or parboil/microwave them) and add them toward the end of cooking.
1 Cup of gravy would never work at my house so . . . I added 2 cups of water mixed with beef base and 1/2 cup of water with the pan juices from deglazing before 'slow-cooking'. When all was cooked, I removed the roast and veg to a platter and put in the warming oven. Then I turned the slowcooker back to high, whisked in Veloutine, and let it cook a few minutes, whisking occasionally; this created wonderful rich gravy without the hassle of another pan to wash and clean.
An excellent recipe which you can adjust to yur style of cooking and your flavor desires. If my adjustments result in discernible potatoes and onions, it will definitely be my 'go to' recipe for pot roast in the crockpot.
Thanks Greg in San Diego!