Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sunday Lunch

My dear Mama prepared a wonderful roast nearly every Sunday after church, during my growing up years. 

I hope to duplicate this tradition.  There is nothing better than a wonderful pot roast prepared for Sunday lunch.  Go ahead and get in the habit of inviting friends for lunch too.  What about your minister and his family?  Get to cooking and, bless someone as you serve it up.
Recipe and Photo Credit:  Paula Deen.
Easy Pot Roast

  • 1 (3 to 4-pound) boneless chuck roast
  • 1 teaspoon House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion wedges  (*frozen chopped onions work well too)
  • cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
  • 3/4 cup water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Add the House Seasoning, salt and pepper to a small bowl. Rub seasoning into the roast on both sides. Heat oil in a large skillet and brown the roast, searing it on both sides. Place the meat in a roaster pan. Add onionsand garlic to skillet for 1 to 2 minutes to absorb leftover roast juice. Place into roaster pan with meat and bay leaves.
Combine the mushroom soup, wine, Worcestershire sauce and beef bouillon into a bowl. Pour over the roast. Add water.
Cover pan with foil and bake for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or until tender.
Remove and discard the bay leaves.
*Cook's Note: If the gravy is not thick enough, remove the meat from the pan and pour the gravy into asaucepan. Bring to a boil and thicken it by adding 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup cold water, stirring constantly.

House Seasoning:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients and store in an air tight container for up to 6 months.

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