Paul’s Mom’s Perfect Pot Roast

This pot roast meal was my family’s Sunday dinner favorite (in the Midwest midday meal is dinner) as I grew up in our household. Mom put it on before we went to church and it was ready by the time we got home. I know it cooked a long time, because church in those days, seemed to go on forever. Anyway, it will always be one of my forever favorite comfort foods – and yes, mom did give me permission to share it with you. Enjoy!

4 – 6

3lb. chuck roast (at least)
2 stalks celery one inch pcs.
2 carrots one inch pcs.
10 small red new potatoes
1 cup flour seasoned with salt and pepper
2 Tablespoons of oil
***Quantities are mere guidelines, the technique is the important part

Dredge the roast in seasoned flour. Sear the floured roast on all sides in a pan with using the 2 Tablespoons of oil. When all sides are nicely browned, add 2 cups of liquid (chicken broth, beef broth, vegetable broth, water ( the last choice) and add a bit of wine to any of these if you wish.

The key from this point forward is to cook the roast very slowly on top of the stove. If you are using a cast iron pot you should not see steam escape, if you are using stainless steel ware the lid should not chatter, in any case the lid should fit tightly. This creates a small amount of pressure helping to tenderize the meat. The most fool proof way is to put the seared roast in to a crock pot. All of these techniques will require up to 6 hours of cooking time, 8 hours in a controlled crock pot is not too long.. If the roast is cooked at the correct temperature the vegetables will not be over cooked but will be tender and sweet even when added in the beginning.

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