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Slow Cooker Sunday – Awesome Crockpot Roast Beef

I should have bought a bigger roast, as I never seem to have as much for leftovers as I anticipate!  This is a SUPER easy recipe.  Five ingredients total, and that includes the water that goes into the pot.  Literally you dump the 3 dried flavor packets over the meat (and I put my meat in frozen, too) and pour the water around it.  It’s THAT simple.

I wanted some veggies without the hassle, too, so I tossed in some cut up carrots and potatoes about 1/2 way through the cooking time, and they turned out just right.  I would make this again.  I have never used brown gravy packets before, but I think I’ve found my new best friend.  There was no need to do the flour or cornstarch and water trick to thicken the gravy.  It was perfect as is.  When the hubby says “you should make this again” I know it’s good!

Here’s the recipe, and my photo below.

Made a rookie mistake….but still a success

Well, I made a rookie mistake tonight that I hope will not be repeated.  My recipe for tonight’s dinner was Beef Ragout from the book Deni Pressure Cooking Cookbook  (You can read my review of this book if you follow the link.)  I had to brown the meat on the stove since my Instant Pot pressure cooker does not have a browning feature.  So, I did all that, added the meat and veggies to the pressure cooker (having figured out how to get the lid on!) and set it.

When it was all done, I realized I hadn’t closed the vent.  😦  It did reach full pressure, but little did I know that steam had been escaping the whole time.  I held my breath, opened it up and tested the veggies.  Whew!  The carrots and potatoes were tender and the meat was done.  The meat I had used had been in my freezer for a while.  It wasn’t as tender as I had hoped it would be, but that could have been due to my mistake, or maybe it was just the meat.  I will probably give this a try again.  It was pretty tasty, but the hubby suggested next time adding in diced tomatoes.

There are other recipes from this book I want to try…so I’ll be back here eventually posting about those too!  And I’ll be sure to close the vent next time!  Augh!

Beef Ragout made in my electric pressure cooker

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