Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Control your desire to curse

I have to tell myself that sometimes. Mostly because I go through phases where I swear like a sailor and then realize I'm going to be spending time with Thatniece and Thatnephew and start watching my language. I have a couple months to get it under control, but nevertheless I found myself biting my tongue as I attempted another of Thatboy's mother's recipes. This time it was her pot roast.
We'll start out with why I didn't want to make it.
1) My amazing success with her spaghetti
2) I've only made pot roast in the crockpot - so I can leave it all day. This recipe calls for making it in the oven...meaning I had to stay home for HOURS to cook it. Bleh. Takes the fun right out of it.
3) It uses beef consumme. Really? Who even uses beef consumme any more? Don't we all just use beef broth? I know I usually do.
4) That beef consumme? I have no idea how much to use - because you'll never guess what the recipe fails to include....along with the amounts of carrots and celery and potatoes.

Now why I did make it.
1) Begging
2) I figured once I made this I never have to make another of his mom's recipe again. Ever. Ever. Ever.

The good news? Thatboy took one bite and declared this potroast was far superior to anything his mother has ever made. Hah! Take that! It's good to go out on top.

Thatinlaw's On + Off Again Pot Roast
  • 2 1/2 to 3lb Chuck Roast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 yellow onions
  • beef consumme (I used one can)
  • (not included in ingredients, 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 6-8 small new potatoes - all chopped)
  1. 350 oven
  2. cover 1 hour
  3. remove cover 1 hour
  4. replace cover 1 hour
  5. Add in carrots, celery, and potatoes last hour
*I'm not kidding - those are the recipes. Vague much?
Serves 4-6.
Each serving has
Calories 415.7
Total Fat 8.4 g
Saturated Fat 3.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.1 g
Cholesterol 136.1 mg
Sodium 192.5 mg
Potassium 1,616.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 31.1 g
Dietary Fiber 4.8 g
Sugars 2.2 g
Protein 51.9 g


  1. I'm glad it worked out! I am totally unsure about cooking roasts, so a recipe like that would completely baffle me.

  2. That screams fall to me...on top of making me hungry!!

  3. It looks soooooooooooo good! I've actually NEVER made a pot roast (I don't think). Crazy huh?? I'll have to use your awesome-in-law-beating recipe!!

  4. I'm like Katie and have never made a pot roast, either. I really need to give one a try. You and I are really alike with the swearing - DH always says our kids are going to grow up around a sailor. PS, where's the lemon pepper?

  5. You are just too funny. My hubby has a dish of his mother's that he likes me to make and I had to call her to get it right. It took years but I think I got it!! I think it is even better than hers! ThatPotRoast looks wonderful and I am with you, love to do those in the crock pot way easier.

  6. I am dying to know if your MIL reads your blog. :)

    I love pot roast--and must confess I have only made it in the oven. I also have no compunction about leaving the house with the oven on, although my favorite is to make it overnight so the kitchen is not hot, at a super low temp.

  7. Yeoooooo for being better than the MIL!!!!!

  8. Haha, congrats on the win! You gotta take 'em where you can get 'em, right? That pot roast looks great, AND you have measurements! Hooray!

    ...that being said, I need to work on my own measurements. *sigh*

  9. I love the vagueness of the recipe...it seems up to any interpretation :)

  10. i love pot roast. it's such lovely, happy comfort food.

  11. I'm glad it turned out so well! Even though my MIL is not at all a cook, I still feel good when I make things that she made and hubby likes mine more.