Thursday, September 30, 2010

Slow and Sensual

Wow...has it really been a month since my last entry? dang shoot! Sorry guys, time has totally gotten away from me, and I had NO idea it had been that long. I am going to make it up to you by showing you a WONDERFUL "set it and forget it" recipe to help you during your busy work week.

If you do not have a Slow Cooker, or Crockery Cooker, You need to get one. It is such a great way to make delicious meals and NOT have to be in the kitchen all day! I have come to understand that just because I love to be in my kitchen all day, does not mean that other people do! Sooooo...

I am actually cooking in my slow cooker right now, for supper tonight! I am making a slow cooked beef roast with a coffee and cranberry gravy. With just a few simple ingredients you can make a wonderful meal! This is what I did....feel free to copy it exactly or use some of your own ideas!

3-4 lb Boneless Beef Chuck Roast, Quartered
2 large onions, quartered
5 garlic cloves, minced (you can use less if you prefer)
1 1/2 Cups of Your fave STRONG brewed coffee (i use Gevalia Pecan Torte)
1/4 to 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
1 Can of whole berry cranberry sauce
1/4 Cup Cornstarch

Place half of the onions in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with garlic and half of the beef. Top with remaining onion and beef. Combine coffee, soy sauce and cranberry sauce; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for at least 8 hours or until meat is tender.

About 30 minutes before serving take some of the juices from the crockpot and mix with the cornstarch until smooth. Add mixture back to the Pot and cook on high so that the gravy will thicken.

Also if you would like to make this a "one pot meal", You could add baby red potatoes, baby carrots, or other veggie and let it cook with the meat! Very easy, but very yummy! This is what mine looks like in the beginning!

I actually came up with this idea one morning when i was sipping on my coffee. I was trying to put together a menu for a dinner party I was having. I knew that I was cooking a homemade cornbread dressing, but didn't want to do the traditional HUGE turkey or ham that you would see on Thanksgiving or Christmas. But i did want a little of that holiday feel. I decided on a pot roast and gravy. As I was sipping my coffee thinking to myself that i made WAY to much because i was not going to drink a whole pot by myself...I had an epiphany...or something. I decided to take the coffee and make a gravy for the roast. And to keep with the holiday(ish) theme, i added some cranberry sauce. I thought it would go very well with the dressing. And i was right. :)

I hope you enjoy this Roast as much as my friends and I did. It is fall of the bone tender! Even though there is no bones in it ;) hehe

Til next time....

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