Another recipe for the slow cooker….
This time a traditional pot roast.
Well, almost traditional…. I used veal rather than beef, but everything else was right.
It was the perfect week-end dinner for a cold, gray, rainy day.
Rest assured, the slow cooker will be put away as soon as the grill comes out of hiding.
Slow Cooker Veal Pot Roast
Total time: 8 hours
- 3lb (1500gr) veal roast
- 4 carrots, cut into sticks
- 2 ribs celery, cut into sticks
- 6 shallots, left whole if small, or cut in halt
- 2 medium potatoes, quartered
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp dry mustard
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp marjoram
- 1 tbs tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups (12oz, 360ml) beef broth
- 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) white wine
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 3 tbs cornstarch (maizena, corn flour) dissolved in 3 tbs water
- In medium skillet brown veal roast in olive oil.
- Remove and put into slow cooker
- Add all of the vegetables, tucking around roast.
- Add herbs, spices, wine, broth, and tomato paste to skillet, stirring well.
- Add to slow cooker, cover and cook, low heat, for 7 hours.
- Remove meat and vegetables to a platter, cover to keep warm.
- Pour stock from slow cooker to a small saucepan.
- Heat to boiling and allow to reduce slightly – while you slice the roast.
- Add cornstarch and stir until thickened – you may not need it all..
- Cut veal into thick slices and serve, gravy on the side.
We may not have to wait too much longer to get the barbecue out.
We finally had a nice day today.
We went a little crazy…. mowing and weeding and trimming. Anything to get out in the sun.
Plus I started the daily seedling parade.
I planted the seeds about 10 days ago.
Mon mari built some trays for me, we covered the table and converted the dining room into a temporary nursery.
There’s a grow light hanging from the chandelier….
It’s not an ideal growing situation for seedlings so on sunny, warm days I take them outside.
In late morning I put them by the front door, up against the house for more warmth.
Then, in the afternoon, if it’s not too windy, I move them to the other side of the house on the balcony.
When the sun sets they come back inside.
I’ll be doing this until the nighttime temps stay above 10C (50F) – which could be in 2 weeks or 2 months.
For the curious: in the tray on the right are tomato seedlings; the rest are herbs – different types of basil, chives, sage. etc.
Spring is in the air.