As pot roasts go, I really like a boneless chuck roast. It holds together well while slow-cooked in a crock pot and has a nice, beefy-flavor. That is not to say a chuck roast won’t cook up fork-tender – it will. Unless you take a fork and shred the roast, it will stay together. This is important – especially when transferring the roast from the crock pot to a serving platter. I would much rather serve nice big pieces of roast beef that you can really sink your teeth into than shredded meat more fit for a sandwich.
This recipe is awesome. The chuck retains its great savory beef flavor while the pot juices have an independent flavor all their own – influenced by the beefy roast and complimented by the blend of dried mixes.
When Hubby peered into the pot, his eyes sparkled. Pot roast is one of his favorite. Wouldn’t expect anything less from a mid-western meat and potatoes kind of guy. My mother-in-law was a decent; old-fashioned cook. Nothing too fancy or complicated. While we did not visit her often, when we did she always made a great pot roast. This roast reminded me of hers – very old school, traditional and straight forward.
Comfort food. No doubt about it. Pure comfort food.
Crock Pot Chuck Roast
1 Chuck Roast, 3 lbs
⅓ cup water
1 tablespoon Brown Gravy Dry Mix
1 tablespoon Hidden Valley Dry Mix
1 tablespoon Italian Dressing Dry Mix
Mix Brown Gravy Dry Mix, Hidden Valley Dry Mix and Italian Dressing Dry Mix together in a small bowl. Set aside.
Place chuck roast into crock pot. Add ⅓ cup water to prime pot with liquid.
Sprinkle Dry Mixture over the top of roast.
Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours or until tender.
Remove from pot, place on a serving platter. Cover to keep warm.
Make gravy and serve.
Creamy Pot Dripping Gravy
1 Cup Drippings from Pot
1 Cup Milk
4 Tablespoons Wondra Flour
Salt & Pepper to taste
In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine juices from crock pot with milk.
Whisk Wondra Flour into sauce pot 1 tablespoon at a time, making sure each tablespoon is fully incorporated before added next tablespoon. Continue to whisk until smooth. Let simmer until desired consistency is reached, whisking periodically as needed.
Taste and adjust seasoning with a little salt and pepper as needed.