Happy first day of Fall. It is Fall, right? I mean apparently it is officially, but where are the bright orange and red leaves? Where are the cool temperatures? Where are my favorite Steve Madden boots? No, seriously, where are my boots?
All this lack of Fall feels has me longing for Fall even more. So when this past weekend came around and the temperatures dipped into the mid to low 70’s, I was all flannel and comfort food craving.
So, I turned to the easiest meal there is. Crock Pot Roast.
EASY CROCK POT ROAST
- 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
- 2.5 Lb Chuck Roast
- 1 Pack on French Onion Soup Dry Mix
- 1 Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 1/2 Cup of Water
- 1 Yellow Onion
- 6-8 Carrots (peeled and chopped)
- 1 Tbsp of Rosemary
- Sea Salt and Pepper, to taste
Want to know the secret? You need to sear your meat and turn your crock pot on low before you begin. Add 1 Tbs of olive oil to a heated pan. Season all sides of the roast with sea salt and pepper. Divide the 1 Tbsp of rosemary and season the top, bottom and longest sides of the roast with the rosemary in addition to the salt and pepper. Sear each side of the roast, including sides. Once seared, transfer to the crock pot. In the same pain sear the yellow onion, which has been peeled and quartered. Sear all three sides of the onion, then add to the crock pot. Add peeled and chopped carrots to the same pan and allow the heat to season and sear the carrots, before transferring them to the crock pot. Add one pack of french onion soup mix, one can of mushroom soup and 1/2 cup of water to the crock pot. Stir and cook on high for five hours or low for eight hours.
I like to serve up pot roast with homemade mashed potatoes. Recipe below! Yes, this is a two for one. And, yes you are welcome.
HOMEMADE MASHED POTATOES
- 4 Russel Potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 Stick of Butter
- 3/4 cup of Milk
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
Peel and chop potatoes. Heat a pot of water and season with salt. Add the chopped potatoes. Cook until tender. I use a fork and when I can easily poke, they are ready. Drain the potatoes and mash with a fork. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the butter and milk slowly, using an electric hand mixer. Once the mashed potatoes are at a mashed consistency you like, you are finished.
Just like that, dinner!