Friday, December 3, 2010

P-Dub's Perfect Pot Roast

That last post about the Time Warp must have given The Dancing Cook permission to be sick and choose sleep over the other activities that normally consume her time. Quite a few things are put on hold when mama is under the weather.

But today I'm back. And I'm ready to tell you about a dinner you need to make.

I just finished my third plate of the best pot roast I've ever tasted. I ate half the three pound thing myself. I was afforded this opportunity thanks to the fact that the roast was finished cooking at 8:30pm. Why dinner wasn't ready until past bedtime is a different story for different day. Two words - Time Warp.

At 8:30pm tonight, however, the family had already eaten dinner. I made two dinners this evening. For the folks whose tummies demand food sooner than later I made my Hearty Butternut Squash Soup. It's quick and easy. For those willing to wait on the perfectly roasted perfection of a three hour chunk of perfectness I made The Pioneer Woman's Perfect Pot Roast.

In the past, my pot roast has never been anything to write home about. In fact, I'm disappointed every time I try. I've been making bad pot roasts for as many years as I've been married. That's a lot of pot roasts my friends. I do not exaggerate.

I know now that there are many factors which contribute to a disappointing pot roast:

- buying the cheapest meat you can find
- selecting the wrong cut of meat
- attempting to throw the aforementioned items into a crockpot and expect them to magically turn into melt-in-your mouth deliciousness

Today, on the other hand, is a pot roast revolution in The Little White Kitchen. As far as I can discern, these are several factors that contribute to the Perfect Pot Roast:

- buy grass fed beef from a local ranch
- choose the chuck roast and only the chuck roast
- wake up early on Black Friday and drag three young children into a busy department store to score that enameled cast iron dutch oven you've always wanted

For the recipe check out The Pioneer Woman's Perfect Pot Roast here. It's melt-in-your-mouth delicious. It's fall-apart gorgeous. It's perfect. Finally!

To celebrate a pot roast I can be proud of... something that sounds just as good.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Low Road

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