Saturday, February 25, 2012

eating this and not that... beef & beer

btw... in case you were wondering, and i'm sure you weren't, i'm not being sponsored by the lovely folks at Eat This, Not That i'm just trying, once again, to get back to eating less processed, more healthy and much more home made which, in turn, should save us some money, help us get back to loosing some lbs. and give us more energy for projects, yay projects!!

my valentine's gift to us was a 3pk of  'eat this, not that' and two of them are 'cook this, not that'.  the second edition of this amazing cookbook/tipbook has a recipe for 'beef & beer' that is currently in my crockpot and it's also what's for dinner tonight!  first you brown your seasoned roast on the stove until it's nice and carmely brown and there are some crumbly bits on the bottom of the pan.  

remove the roast from the pan and place it in the crockpot.  add thinly sliced onions to the pan and let them caramelize before adding beef stock, beer, garlic and a couple of bay leaves getting all of the flavors to combine and those crumbly bits to add some extra flavor to the sauce.  

pour the sauce into the crockpot making sure to cover the meat.  once it's all in the crockpot, cook it on low for about 8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.  

at this point i have to apologize, after i got home from work, made noodles to go with the pot roast, thickened up the leftover juices into a nice gravy, got everything on the table and enjoyed this amazing roast with friends, i realized that i didn't take any photos of it... none, at all... oops!

it was delicious, really, like amazing... the only leftovers were a few fatty meat bits that i gave to the dog and some gravy that i poured over her dry food, not a noodle or bit of meat or onion to speak of.  most of the onion dissolved right into the sauce and meat so the picky boys didn't need to pick it all out and they never mentioned a bit about too much onion so i'd say it was a great success.