Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast

A funny thing happened that made me decide to make my Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast for dinner. Andi had loaned me her DVDs for “Desperate Housewives.” I’d never watched it and Andi was sure I’d find it funny. I did but a couple of lines in the series made Mr. C snicker. He didn’t laugh. He snickered. And it was then that I knew I needed to make Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast.

Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Just when you think they’re happy with cuisine it’s time for Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast!

In the episode of “Desperate Housewives” we were watching a seemingly perfect suburban family was having dinner. The teenage son said something and his mother responded and I heard that snicker from next to me. It wasn’t the dog. The lines that made Mr. Comfortable snicker (and may lead to his sleeping on the couch) were these:

Bree: So, how’s the osso buco?
Andrew: It’s okay.
Bree: It’s okay? Andrew, I spent three hours cooking this meal. How do you think it makes me feel when you say “it’s okay” in that sullen tone?
Andrew: Who asked you to spend three hours on dinner?
Bree: [shocked] Excuse me?
Andrew: Tim Harper’s Mom gets home from work, pops open a can of pork and beans, and boom, they’re eating. Everyone’s happy.
Bree: You’d rather I serve pork and beans?

Andrew: I’m saying do you always have to serve cuisine? Can’t we ever just have food?
Bree: Are you doing drugs?

Yep. Hoist by my own petard. I’ve been making something different for dinner every night and I try to make most meals really spectacular. The problem with that is that we never have even favorite dinners more than a couple of times a year and some of the recipes I’ve been creating have been…well, let’s just say they’re more cuisine than food. I’ve discovered sometimes people just want food.

Back to the simple life. At least for a few days.

Mr. Comfortable’s response to those lines reminded me that I’m neither a perfect housewife nor a desperate one. And our youngest grandson is coming for a long weekend. I need to stop experimenting and just cook food. Of course I’ll still do a couple of things that are a bit unusual. The only thing that could stop me from doing that is shock therapy. But for a few days we’re going to have food instead of cuisine.

The slow cooker is going to save me today!

Since I still have a lot to get ready for Thomas’ visit I’m actually glad I’m doing a slow cooker meal. It’s already cooking! Thirty minutes of prep and I don’t have to think about dinner for hours. I can do all the things I’ve been putting off so they’d be freshly done when Thomas arrives. I need to mop the kitchen and vacuum everything. And his room needs to be perfect. Now I have time to do housework! Um. Joy?

Fine. I’m not thrilled about all the housework I need to do. At least dinner has been handled. And Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast doesn’t take long to make!

First I quartered a couple of large onions and put them in the bottom of the slow cooker.

Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Next I cut 6 potatoes into chunks and spread them around in the slow cooker. And no, I didn’t even peel them.

Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast

I seasoned the roast all over with salt and pepper then heated up a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil in my Dutch oven and seared the beef roast on all sides.

Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast

After I seared the roast I placed in on top of the onions and potatoes. I seasoned everything with a couple of teaspoons of Italian seasoning and some salt and pepper. Then I poured in a couple of cups of beef stock.

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I set the slow cooker on low for 6 hours and now I can do all the chores I need to do.

After 4 hours I’ll cut up a couple of carrots into chunks and add them to the slow cooker.

Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast

The roast and vegetables will cook for another couple of hours. I want the carrots tender and the roast to be nearly falling apart.

When everything is cooked just right I’ll remove the roast and let it rest while I make the gravy. The vegetables will also come out of the slow cooker and I’ll keep them hot. I’ll whip up a simple gravy while the roast is resting.

When the gravy is just thick enough I’ll remove it from the heat, slice the roast, and set everything on the plates. I’ll spoon gravy over everything and remind Mr. Comfortable that snickering at a housewife could make her desperate. And if you’ve seen the series you know that’s not a good thing! But at least my Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast will be a good thing!

Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast  

Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast is tender, juicy, and the vegetables go right in the slow cooker, too!

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 – 4 lb.) beef rump roast
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, quartered
  • 5 -6 large potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks

Instructions

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a Dutch oven over high heat.
  2. Sear beef roast in hot oil until browned on all sides.
  3. Place quartered onions in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  4. Scatter potato chunks over and around onions.
  5. Place beef roast on top of potatoes and onions.
  6. Sprinkle Italians seasoning on and around the roast and vegetables.
  7. Pour in beef stock.
  8. Cover and cook on low heat for 4 hours.
  9. Add carrot chunks to slow cooker, re-cover, and cook for another 2 – 3 hours (until carrots are tender and roast is fork tender).
  10. Remove roast and allow it to rest for 8 – 10 minutes.
  11. Remove vegetables and keep hot.
  12. Serve with gravy if desired.
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2 thoughts on “Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast

  • April 27, 2017 at 8:25 pm
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    LOL! Comfort food is necessary for comfort, sometimes. No cuisine – just meat and potatoes.

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    • April 28, 2017 at 9:35 am
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      Absolutely!

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