Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Garlic Studded Italian Pot Roast~2 Meals

This is definitely a comfort Sunday meal.  The leftovers are even better the next day on a fresh roll or sandwich bread.  You can prep everything early in the day and let it braise in the slow cooker all afternoon.  Your house will smell divine!  I cook potatoes, onions, and carrots with the roast, mostly for flavoring the gravy.  My picky family has to eat mashed potatoes with their pot roast, and can't eat mashed potatoes without corn.  My kids pile their corn on top of the mashed potatoes and gravy, just like I used to do when I was little.  Now, I take a forkful of mashed potatoes and gravy, then dip it into my corn...some things never change!


Chuck Roast
2 garlic cloves, sliced thin
2 garlic cloves, minced
kosher salt
black pepper
1 T Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 white onion, cut into chunks
2 potatoes, cut into chunks
1 carrot, cut into chunks
1 can reduced sodium beef broth

Cut several deep slits in the top of roast, and insert sliced garlic.  Season both sides liberally with kosher salt and black pepper. 

Place the cut up vegetables in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Sprinkle the Italian seasoning, dried thyme, and minced garlic over top, then pour in the beef broth.  Place the roast on top of the vegetables.  Cover and let cook on high for 6 hours, or until fork tender and easily shreds.  You can also cook it on low for 8-10 hours. 

When the roast in ready, remove to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.  Strain the cooking liquid (gravy) into a small sauce pan, and either serve the flavorful veggies or discard.  Make a slurry to thicken the gravy by stirring together about 3 T corn starch + 3 T cold water in a small glass, then pour into the gravy.    Cook over medium low heat until thickened.  Taste and adjust seasonings. 

My Italian pot roast sliders the next day were oh so good!  That's why they are pictured 1st above.  I slathered the King's Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls with mayonnaise, topped with warm pot roast and gravy, then sprinkled on some shredded monterey jack cheese.  I could seriously eat these every day!  Enjoy!


  1. Both get my vote! I love when someone gives me ideas with what to do with leftovers!

  2. I love Roasts and the endless yummy possibilities!!

  3. Hi Rhondi,
    I love your Roast recipe. Your meal with the roast, mashed potatoes and gravy with corn...yum! Don't you just love the little sliders, they are great for kids. Thank you so much for bringing your wonderful food to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!


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