Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Crockpot Roast

Crockpot Roast
Dorcas Annette Walker

This is the time of year when our minds turn towards taxes and the dreaded income tax forms that invariably have to be filled out. Even though I keep everything filed in an orderly fashion all year long, I still find myself putting off going through all the stacks of papers in preparation for filling out our income tax forms. After working on taxes all day long the last thing I want to do is to figure out what to make for supper or spend hours in the kitchen. That’s when my Crockpot Roast saves the day. There is nothing like the aromas of a slow cooking roast spreading throughout the house to make even the poorest of tax payers feel rich. So to help you through this year’s income tax time I’m giving you a Crockpot Roast recipe that feeds eight and will stretch for two meals. Nothing like two meals for the price of one!

Crockpot Roast

4 lb beef or pork roast
½ (2 lb) bag of carrots peeled and cut into chunks
6 large potatoes washed and cut into chunks
2-3 c water
1 large onion sliced
1 pkg brown gravy mix
1 tb dried parsley
garlic salt & regular salt

In a large Crockpot put roast and sprinkle on salts and pepper. Layer slices of onion on top and hold with toothpicks. Cover with carrots and potatoes. Pour gravy mix over everything and add water. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parsley. Set the Crockpot on high and let cook for 4-5 hours until the meat and vegetables are tender. Serve with homemade rolls!

*For thicker gravy add ½ c of cornstarch to the gravy mix and water!

Leftover Homemade Stew

leftover meat, gravy, potatoes, and carrots
1 pkg brown gravy mix
¼ c cornstarch

Peel and dice potatoes, slice carrots, and shred leftover meat into a large saucepan with leftover gravy. Add 1-2 c of water and bring to a boil. Dissolve gravy mix and cornstarch in a small amount of water and add to stew mixture. When thickened turn the heat to low and let simmer for ten minutes. Preparation time for my Leftover Homemade Stew is 30 minutes and this recipe serves 4-6. Eat with leftover rolls or bread!

Weekly tip: Save those plastic store bags for putting in, wrapping up,
and throwing away bloody Styrofoam trays and plastic wrappings when using meat as this will keep your garbage from smelling!

Dorcas Annette Walker is a published author, columnist, speaker, freelance magazine writer, and photographer from Jamestown, Tennessee. Contact her at: For more recipes check out her Creative Tennessee Mountain Cookin blog at:

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