I love to roast meat. It's the easiest way to feed my family. Usually just throw the meat in the oven and walk away for a few hours. Who needs '30 Minute Meals ' when you can have a 5 minute one?
Tomato Pot Roast -feeds 6
4 lb beef roast -we prefer blade
salt/pepper/garlic powder to taste
1 onion, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 t thyme
1-2 T cornstarch (optional)
Sprinkle the roast with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. In a skillet, brown roast (about 3 min a side). Put roast in your casserole. In skillet add onions and other vegetables and saute. Add in tomatoes and thyme. Carefully pour over roast.
Put on lid and simmer 325 F for 3 hours. You could add potatoes for the last 30 minutes, but we don't like them that way. Instead I tossed some in the oven to bake for the last 90 minutes. I also dissolve the cornstarch with a bit of water and add for the last few minutes because I like a thicker 'sauce'.
Here's another favourite. I like to make this when we have leftover steak or chicken.
pizza dough -this is our favourite
cooked steak or chicken -amount depends on size of pizza
BBQ sauce -we like Diana's chicken and rib sauce
Can't get easier than that?? Roll out your pizza dough the way you like -individual or one big pizza. Cover with BBQ sauce. Thinly slice/shred the meat. Sprinkle with cheese. If I had the time to caramelize some onions, they would be good on here too but I always seem to think of them too late.
Bake 350F for 30 min.
One last recipe. I'm not sure where this originated but it's all over the internet so I thought I'd share my version too.
KFC Inspired Chicken
chicken thighs -mine was a package of 12
2 c flour 3 1/2 t paprika
1 t salt 1 t pepper
1 t sage 1 t oregano
1 t tarragon 1 t parsley
1/2 t thyme 1 t chives (dried)
1/2 t garlic powder 1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t celery seed
Combine all the dry ingredients in a plastic bag. Add chicken a couple at a time and shake to cover. You could dip the chicken in beaten egg first, but I found the coating stuck just as well to the plain skin (and I was being lazy that day). Put in a roasting pan, skin side up. You could use a wire rack in the pan to help with the fat.
Roast 350F for 1 hour
This chicken didn't taste 'exactly' like KFC. I don't think you ever can recreate commercial recipes. BUT this sure made some tasty chicken and you can be sure we'll be making this recipe again and again.