Prep 15 mins
Cook 8 hrs
One of those busy day "What have I got in the pantry today?" recipes. I wasn't going to be home for most of the day and knew I'd be tired when I got home, so I created this easy to prep pot roast and put it in the crock pot. When I got home the house was filled with a delicious aroma and the meat was melt-in-your-mouth tender. It was a welcome sight after a long day. I hope you enjoy it too!
- 2 -3 lbs boneless cross-rib roast
- 3 small potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
- 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-2 inch pieces (I used a 1/2 package of baby carrots)
- 1 small onion, peeled and quartered
- 1⁄2 teaspoon celery salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon oregano
- 1⁄4 teaspoon thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoons beef base (or a 14oz can of beef broth)
- 2 cups hot water (if using a can of beef broth, the water is not needed)
For Optional Gravy
- 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour stirred into 1/2 cup cold water
- Arrange potatoes, onions and carrots in bottom of crock pot.
- In a small bowl, combine celery salt, oregano, thyme, sea salt & pepper.
- Massage the spices into the roast and place the roast atop the veggies.
- Toss in the bay leaf.
- Pour beef base and water mixture (or beef broth) over the roast and veggies.
- Put the lid on the crock pot and cook on LOW setting for approximately 6-8 hours or until roast and veggies are tender.
- Optional: For gravy you can stir in the flour and water mixture in the last 30 minutes of cooking time and turn the crock pot up to High setting.
- I prefer to remove the meat and veggies from the crock pot and pour the liquid into a saucepan. Bring to a slight boil and slowly pour in flour and water mixture while stirring constantly. Bring to a full boil and cook and stir until it thickens up to your liking. About 3-5 minutes total.
I have been making pot roast like this for over 50 years. I also brown the meat, or rub a tlbs of browning sauce over the meat before putting in the pot. Can also be cooked in a low oven about 200-250 degrees in a heavy covered pot. This will shorten the cooking time down some, about 1 or 2 hours so check it every 30 minutes towards the end of cooking!
Thank you for posting a flavorful crockpot recipe that does not have Onion Soup Mix OR canned Cream of Mushroom soup! <br/>Only thing I did different was to brown the roast before putting into the crockpot.
Made this with unpeeled red potatoes,as well as the can of beef broth instead of the water & the bag of baby carrots (your tip) & we had ourselves a most delicious pot roast, a very nice change of pace from the holiday dinners we've been having this past month! Has some homemade chunky apple sauce left over from what wasn't used in a homemade cranberry sauce & with a green salad we had a very filling, wonderful dinner! Thanks for yet another great recipe, Tink! [Made & reviewed in the current Let's P-A-R-T-Y event]