Saturday, June 11, 2016

Dog Days of Summer - Crock Pot Cooking

With sometimes unexpectedly hot weather for the time of year, using the oven is NOT something you look forward to. I was visiting my Dad out West, near the coast where no one has a.c. What they did have was record breaking 95+ degree temperatures. So the oven was OUT.

Still Dad - Mr. Meat and Potatoes - wanted a good meal and I wanted something healthy. Grab your trusty crock pot. He didn't have much in the way of seasonings but with what he did have I made a really good roast, that also made a nice au jus with no added salt like the packaged brands so he could have a French Dip sandwich or two out of the leftovers after I was gone with some buns I picked up at  the Safeway bakery. There is no need to sear the roast first. Simply place in a crock pot and tuck in a few slices of onion around it.  Then sprinkle with about 4- 5 shakes of Worcestershire sauce, a teaspoon of Italian seasoning, a dash of extra basil, some cracked pepper and over the top pour 1/3 - 1/2 bottle of beer (depending on how big your roast is). Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. Served with some baked potatoes (microwave) and veggies (microwave) it made for a nourishing supper without heating up the house and the meat was very moist and juicy.

If you are having a family get together and feeding a larger group, borrow a second crock pot, wrap your bakers in there and cook on low while the meat cooks.


  1. Hmm, that sounds like a tasty recipe. I may try that this week while Mom is visiting.


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