Today was yet another day off of school (this time not due to snow but rather to extremely low temperatures) and it was a productive one for me! I did a lot of cleaning and spent a solid 1 1/2 hours at the gym, which was really nice. Normally I only have 30-45 minutes to spend there so it was nice to get a nice long session in. I also had lots of time to snuggle my fur babies and give them plenty of love! 🙂
Since I had plenty of time today and Justin and I happened to be hosting some friends for dinner, I decided to make a yummy roast for dinner. I used a super simple recipe that my mom passed down to me. When I say “super simple,” I mean that even beginning cooks can easily make this and have it turn out delicious! It does need to spend several hours in the oven, so I don’t often have time to make it; however, today I had the time to do it so it was the perfect choice!
My dad provided Justin and I with several roasts that he purchases from a local butcher every year. I am always thankful for local food and meat is no exception; however, this particular cut was rather fatty so I had to spend a little time cutting off most of the excess fat. I placed the roast in my roaster and surrounded it with five potatoes, peeled and cut in half, and about 8-9 carrots, peeled and cut in half.
I poked several holes in the top of the roast using a fork.
I sprinkled a bit of seasoned salt on top of the roast and then filled the roasting pan with water until it covered all but the top of the roast. I then sprinkled half a packet of onion soup & dip mix into the water.
Then I covered the pan and put it in the oven. (The picture below looks a little gross but trust me . . . looks aren’t everything!)
After about 4 hours, I removed the roast and separated all the ingredients. I added some flour to the leftover “soup” mixtureand voila! Gravy for the potatoes!
I also served this meal with some homemade bread that I made on another day off school. It was delicious and a huge hit with everyone! Easy and delicious meal? Great success!
Super Simple Pot Roast
-Beef Tip Roast (mine was about 2 pounds)
-5 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cut in half
-8-10 carrots; peeled and cut in half (you could also use baby carrots)
-Seasoned Salt to taste (I used roughly 2 tsp)
-1/2 packet of Onion Soup & Dip Mix
-Flour (to thicken gravy)
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Place the roast in a roasting pan.
2. Surround the roast with the carrots and potatoes.
3. Use a fork to poke holes in the top of the roast.
4. Sprinkle seasoned salt over roast.
5. Fill the roasting pan with water until all but the top of the roast is covered.
6. Sprinkle the onion soup & dip mix into the water.
7. Cover the roasting pan and place in oven for 3-4 hours (depends on how fast your oven cooks). Potatoes should be soft and roast cooked through.
8. Remove from oven; separate meat, potatoes, and carrots.
9. Mix remaining water with a bit of flour to thicken into gravy.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3-4 hours
Serves 6 (may depend on the size of your roast)
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!
No school but at least hosting dinner gave me a reason to dress up a bit! 🙂
Lace Shirt: Maurices
Purple Sleeveless Top: Forever 21
Skinny Jeans: Maurices
Necklace: Forever 21