Friday, August 14, 2009

Three Packet Pot Roast

I saw this recipe the other day when the Rookie Chef posted it, and since we are working through a bunch of beef from that cow we got back in the spring, I tried it out. Neither of us really like roast much, but we wound up with a whole bunch of them (we already decided we won't be doing this cow thing again!). But, we both really liked this. It's really tender and has great flavor. It's also super easy. I put it in before we went to bed and it was ready for Sunday lunch. This recipe is originally from the Crockpot Lady, the one who cooked with her crockpot every single day for a year, blogged about it, and got a cookbook deal from it! Maybe a movie is next, like Julie Powell?:) (can't wait to see that movie!)
And I was way too impatient to wait for the steam to die down before photographing, so here it is with steam ruining the focus completely!

Three Packet Pot Roast
1 pkg Italian salad dressing mix
1 pkg brown gravy mix
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
2 1/2 cups water
4.5 pound roast (we used a chuck roast)
mushrooms (optional)--I used about 2.5 cups of sliced fresh mushrooms; Rookie Chef used 2 cans

Trim extra fat off of roast so it doesn't float around and get your gravy all globby.
Empty three packets into bowl and stir together.
Use about half of the dry mix to rub the roast.
Place the roast in your crockpot, add two cups of water around it, and stir in the rest of the dry mix into the water.
Add the mushrooms here if you want.
Heat on high for 6 hours or low for 8 to 10.