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Savory Pot Roast

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Pot roast, your perfect post pool day dish!

I know, you’re thinking “What kind of crazy loon makes pot roast in the middle of a heat wave in June??

Me!

While this does not seem like summer fare, I find myself juggling early mornings at swim team practice, then long activity filled summer days. I need slow cooker meals that will fill the starving bellies of my hungry monsters who are often “dying” and “starving” as they stagger around the kitchen whining for food at 4:30 on a Wednesday. And who wants to fire up the stove after a day of kid crazy??

This week was “Clean the Freezer Week” at my house, and I happened to have a big ol’ chuck roast in the freezer threatening to slip out and crush the tiny toes of a Popsicle seeking rummager. I figured I might as well pop it in the slow cooker and feed them a hearty meal. The result was well fed, happy kids who marched their satisfied tummies upstairs and slept well all night! SCORE!!

As for the recipe, This is an old family favorite, courtesy of my mother. Over the years, I have tweaked it a bit, but it still remains very much like the recipe of my childhood.

Savory Pot Roast

1 3lb beef roast

Oil for frying

Salt

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

1 can of fire roasted diced tomatoes OR ¼ cup catsup

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire

1 sprig of fresh rosemary OR 1 tsp. dried crushed rosemary

4 fresh garlic cloves OR ½ tsp. garlic powder

½ tsp. dry mustard

In a Dutch oven or large oven safe pot, brown meat on the stovetop in small amount of oil. Sprinkle meat with a little salt. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over meat. Cover tightly, roast at 350 for 2 hours or until tender. Remove meat to heated platter. Skim excess fat from sauce. Spoon sauce over meat.

*** You can also cook it on low in a slow cooker for about 8 hours. I also add carrots and potatoes to cook in the sauce with the meat 🙂

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Freakin’ Fabulous Roasted Pork

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Here is a very simple, tried and true, easy recipe for the BEST garlic roasted pulled pork. This recipe transcends all seasons and cooking abilities! I promise, you will not be disappointed.

This is my most requested recipe from friends and family. I have made it for Sunday football games, large picnics with the neighbors, and most recently, my sister made 100 pounds of this tasty pork for my nephew’s high school graduation party. I can say, without reservation, that this is one recipe that should be in your top 10!

 

Ingredients:

2 Medium Pork Tenderloins

1 Head of Garlic, Minced

2-3 Cups of Chicken Broth (enough to cover the bottom of the pan with about an inch of liquid.

Salt & pepper to taste

1 Cup of Fresh Parsley, divided

2 Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary

Preparation:

1. Sear tenderloins on the stove top in a bit of olive oil

2. Once seared on all sides, sprinkle with salt and pepper and place in a roasting pan or crock pot

3. Add minced garlic, a few sprigs of rosemary, a handful of chopped parsley, and chicken broth (liquid should cover the tenderloins half way)

4. Roast in the oven at 325-350 until tender and easily pulled with a fork (about 90 minutes)

5. Remove meat from the liquid and pull apart. I suggest placing the cooked meat into a stand mixer with the paddle blade attached. After 2-3 rotations on medium speed, the meat will be perfectly shredded!

6. Strain liquid and pour over shredded meat

7. Add a new handful of chopped parsley to make it look pretty

 

Hints—Reserve the garlic and spices that you strain from the broth in case you need to add more liquid. I boil additional broth with the strained spices before I pour it into the meat. Also, if you need more flavor, sprinkle a bit of powdered chicken bouillon to the meat and broth.

Serve with provolone and fresh crusty rolls.

Variations–

  • Toss with your favorite barbecue sauce, or simply serve a variety of sauces on the side, to allow for individual customization.
  • Use a pork shoulder instead of tenderloins

Tips: This can be made ahead of time and frozen. It is cost effective, and time conscious to make a very large batch, then divide it into gallon freezer bags based on your family’s serving sizes. It is also a great recipe for large parties. Make the pork ahead of time and freeze it until the night before.

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Rockin’ Rose Romano’s [SPONSORED]

1-IMG_2229Recently, the kind people at Rose Romano’s Italian Peppers sent me a few jars of their tasty sauce. Wow, am I a lucky girl. I was amazed by the beautiful presentation of the box I received, and I was intrigued by the recipes suggested in the insert. What I learned is that Rose Romano’s is actually more like a condiment, rather than a pasta sauce. As a coveted family recipe, owner, Dr. Marshall Angotti, created this gluten-free, low calorie, goodness as the perfect complement to your simple homemade dishes. Rose Romano’s Italian Peppers comes in two flavors, red pepper and green pepper, and the recipe possibilities are endless.

My biggest challenge was to figure out how I was going to use the red pepper sauce that I received, because the cookbook and menu created by Dr. Angotti is substantial! I decided on making a simple bow tie pasta tossed with garlic, olive oil, fresh basil, and salt & pepper. Once the pasta was seasoned, I spooned it onto a plate, topped it with the red pepper sauce, and served it with a side of crusty garlic bread. What a great, easy weeknight meal, even my girls loved it! We all went to bed with well nourished, happy bellies.

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The next challenge came with how to serve the green pepper sauce. I immediately thought of my nephew’s upcoming graduation party. I knew that my sister was making 100 pounds of Freakin’ Fabulous Roasted Pork for sandwiches, and a sandwich bar was the perfect stage for Rose Romano’s green pepper sauce. Along with traditional bar-b-que sauce, we offered a bowl of warm Rose Romano’s. The green pepper sauce was a sweet compliment to the savory garlic roasted pork.

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After my initial successes, I am excited to try some of the recipes suggested by Dr. Angotti. His recipes suggest topping almost anything with this unique food accessory, from hamburgers, to grilled chicken, to eggs. The ideas are creative as well as simple and healthy.

If you are looking for a new way to dress up a boring dish, or need a quick and easy gift idea, consider Rose Romano’s Peppers. You can order online or locate them at a store near you by visiting http://www.roseromanos.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.