Pot roast is undoubtedly a comfort food to serve on your table on a cold, rainy, snowy or windy day. You enjoy it in the warmth of your home in company of family and friend. How to make pot roast? It is a lot easier than you think and it cooks while you focus on your loved ones. Some of you may have had the experience of a dry, overcooked pot roast or lacking seasonings, but I can assure you that by following these steps, your pot roast will be as juicy, tasty and tender as can be. Your taste buds will agree with your family and will beg you for more!
For a wonderful pot roast:
- 1 pot roast (ask advice to the butcher for the size to purchase according to the amount of portions that you can serve with it)
- 5 or 6 medium-sized white potatoes (use one extra potato than the amount of persons being served if you have guests)
- 1 small bag of peeled baby carrots
- 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic
- Freshly ground pepper (you can use already ground pepper, but freshly ground pepper will add extra flavor to your meal)
- Kosher salt (you can use table salt, but Kosher salt has a subtler taste to it)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup of water or vegetable broth (vegetable broth will add more flavor to it)
Required cooking tools:
- 1 tablespoon
- 1 roasting pan or deep dish with a lid (make sure it is large enough for both your pot roast and your vegetables)
- 1 measuring cup
- 1 spatula
- 1 slicing knife or electric knife
- The color of your pot roast. Purchasing a pot roast should not mainly be focused on the best price but also on the quality of milk. Look at the color. Is it bright red, dark red or brown? Bright red with liquid may indicate added food coloring in order to hide the lack of freshness. A dark red is a great color as it is fresh, but a brownish color indicates that it has been on the shelf for a while and therefore may not be as fresh.
- Fat free is not good for pot roast! Fat should not be excessive but should be mostly located on the outside of the roast and lightly marble the meat. Fat is what keeps a roast tender and juicy. When it is served, you can always trim the fat off of your portion on meat. If you choose a pot roast that has barely any fat, you should cover the sides with slices of bacon as it will prevent the meat from drying and also add some flavor to it. Never cook pot roast without fat as you will end up with dry and flavorless meat.
- Rub your pot roast. Rub your pot roast thoroughly with the garlic as it will allow the flavor to sink into the meat. Put it into the roasting pan or deep dish.
- Add your vegetables. Do not peel the potatoes as the skin will not only give you the minerals and vitamins that you usually peel off of them, but it will also add to the taste. Add the butter or margarine on the top of the vegetables. Spread it out gently on top.
- Seasonings are important! Sprinkle the pepper and salt on the top of the pot roast and the vegetables. If you wish, you can also add a bit of crushed garlic on top of the vegetables to add more taste to them.
- Liquid prevents sticking. Add water or vegetable broth to the bottom of the roasting pan or deep dish. Use a spatula to lift the pot roast and vegetables to make sure that the liquid goes underneath them. This will prevent the food from sticking to the roasting pan or deep dish. Broth will also add some extra taste to the meal.
- Cooking time. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the roasting pan or the deep dish in the oven and let it cook for 2 to 2.5 hours.
- Slice, serve and enjoy! Remove the pot roast from the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes to let the juices flow throughout the meat. Slice it thin (it is easier with an electric knife). Serve and enjoy!
If you prefer to use a Crock Pot (so you may set it up in the morning, go to work and come back to a delicious home-cooked meal), use it on high for 8 hours as carrots need more time to fully cook. Also use some cooking spray to simplify the cleaning up of the ceramic container. Follow these steps and I assure you that pot roast will become one of your favorite meals to serve to your loved ones.