As you all surely know by now, I live on a farm. On our farm we raise cattle. For you city slickers, beef comes from cattle. So, we eat a lot of beef at our house. We love beef. We grill it. We fry it. Beef, it's what's for dinner. Sorry, I stole that line from the Beef Industry Council. Don't you just love Sam Elliott? That voice that does the "Beef, It's What's For Dinner" commercials. Wow. And if you haven't seen him play Tell Sackett in the Louis L'Amour book-turned-movie well, you're missing out.
Wait a minute? How did I get from living on a farm to Tell Sackett???
Anyway, back to dinner tonight. Every morning I get up, get ready, and head out the door to drive 30 minutes to work. Some mornings I take just a couple extra minutes to think about what we're going to have for dinner that night. Some mornings I don't, and those are the nights we have bacon and eggs for breakfast. Not that I'm knocking having bacon and eggs for breakfast, it's delicious! But again, back to dinner tonight.
This morning was one of those "good" mornings where I went to the freezer, took out a chuck roast, and put it in the crock pot. I know some people brown their roasts before they cook them and that's O.K. Unfortunately, it's hard to "brown" a frozen roast. Plus, it's just another pan I have to wash. And just in case you need reassurance, IT IS ABSOLUTELY O.K. TO COOK A FROZEN ROAST. I do it all the time.
This is a chuck roast.
I put the roast in my slow cooker on high. I poured a 32 oz box of Great Value Beef Broth over it. I sprinkled Lawry's Seasoning Salt over that. Come to mention it, I sprinkle Lawryr's Seasoning Salt on everything. (And just as a side comment, I use "Great Value" beef broth and think it tastes great. I have used the more expensive brand and can't tell any difference. However, I have tried cheaper brands of "seasoning salt" and find that they don't have the same flavor as the Lawry's. So, I save money with the Great Value Beef Broth, and spend a little more to get the Lawry's, but that's just me). We think Lawry's makes everything taste better. Then I took a small onion, sliced it, and placed some of the rings on top of the roast, and some of the rings down in the broth. Then I remembered I couldn't stand around all day cooking, I had to work today, so I put the lid on and jumped into the shower.
About an hour later, just before I walked out the door on my way to work, I switched the slow cooker to "low." You can't believe how wonderful my house smelled with the roast just cooking a little over an hour. And tonight, when I get home, my house will smell even better. And I will be so glad that I took just a few minutes to plan for dinner tonight. My family will be glad too. They get tired of bacon and eggs.
The roast will be tender and juicy, having slow cooked all day long, soaking up that delicious beef broth and the onion flavor. I didn't add potatoes and carrots to the roast this morning, although sometimes I do. Tonight I think we will have green beans and a salad with our roast. That's what's for dinner at my house. What are you having?