A Pot Roast Recipe So Great It's "To Die For"
Crock Pot Roast - A Pot Roast Recipe You'll Use Again and Again
This ranch dressing mix pot roast crock pot recipe has been circulating on the web for a few years. I found it a year ago and - with a few additions to the recipe - "To Die For" pot roast is now in regular rotation on my family's dinner menu.
A crock pot roast beef recipe is perfect for those cuts of beef that can take a few hours of tenderizing. That's why pot roast is perfect for the crockpot.
It couldn't be easier and you can prepare just the pot roast or you can prepare an entire meal along with the pot roast in the crockpot.
Crockpot Pot Roast - "To Die For"
Also known as that "Infamous Pot Roast"
If you're a fan of quick and easy, "To Die For" Pot Roast is for you. Some water, three packets of flavorings and your crock pot takes care of the rest. It couldn't be simpler.
Now the name of this pot roast may be a "put-off" to you but seriously, this is the name that kept showing up in blog after cooking blog and forum after slow cooker forum. After awhile, you just have to go with it, you know?!
Curious about this crockpot roast? Here's the basic recipe. Let's get started!
"To Die For" Crockpot Pot Roast Recipe
1 3-lb. chuck roast
1 packet brown gravy mix
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix (either the buttermilk or milk mix packet is fine)
1 packet Italian Dressing Mix (I like Good Seasons)
1/2 to 1 cup of water
Pierce the chuck roast a few times with fork (or not, some people think this makes the roast tough - I think it's ok when you are slow cooking in the crock pot) and place chuck roast into bottom of crockpot. Combine the 3 mix packets and sprinkle over and around the roast. Add a 1/2 cup of water around the chuck roast.
Set on low and cook until roast is tender, approximately 8 hours.
Note: Some of the mix will still be on the roast after several hours if the water doesn't cover your roast (and it probably won't). I turn my roast after several hours so the powder mix isn't left on top.
Watch the Salt in Your Pot Roast
Those Little Seasoning Packets Taste Good for a Reason - Salt!
If you are watching your salt intake or have cut back on salt so much that you can taste salt in most pre-packaged foods, then you might want to adjust the amount of seasoning packets that you use in making "To Die For" Pot Roast.
We've seriously cut back on salt in our family. I can taste salt in almost all prepared foods from the frozen food section of the grocery so I notice if my crockpot pot roast is too salty.
Here's what I do to remedy the problem!
Try using all of the brown gravy packet and just half of each of the Italian and Ranch packets, for example.
Or, add more water. A cup instead of a half a cup.
Or, add vegetables. (More on that in a moment.)
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Vegetables Make Flavorful Additions in "To Die For" Pot Roast
These Additions Take a Good Pot Roast Recipe to Great
What else can you add to "To Die For" Pot Roast? Well, for starters, carrots. Ummmm, good.
Then there's potatoes. Yummmm, even better.
Some cut-up white onions or pearl onions are great.
And don't forget the fresh mushrooms.
Tip: If you are cutting your vegetables into smaller pieces - such as baby carrot and small "new" potato size - add them later, about halfway through the cooking process. Otherwise, they'll turn to mush.
Now, don't get me wrong, mush can be good. As the vegetables break down, they make a very nice "gravy" in the crockpot. But "mystery" vegetables may not look that appetizing - particularly for guests. So, add your vegetables about halfway through the cooking process and they'll look just right when the roast is tender and done.
And last but not least, the best thing about vegetables in this crockpot pot roast is...they absorb the salt of the flavoring packets so that your pot roast turns out...just right!
This Crock Pot is Perfect for Slow Cooking a Pot Roast
I especially like the temperature probe that is included with this programmable crock pot. I always use it when I make "To Die For" pot roast.
I need a new crockpot and this is the one I plan to purchase. This crock pot is oval - which is perfect for cooking pot roast.
It is also currently number 1 (as of 10/13/09) in crock pot sales on Amazon.
This crockpot also has a temperature probe, a locking lid, and a keep warm feature. And, of course, you can program it to cook while you are away.
My current crock pot is so old that I don't have any of these features. I can't wait to get this one!
Update: I received this Crock Pot for Christmas. I've already cooked several things in it -- including "To Die For" Pot Roast. I love my new Crock Pot. The temperature probe is perfect for meat and the programmable features are so useful, too. I couldn't be happier!
photo courtesy of Creative Commons and Laura Brunow Miner
Waiting for this crockpot pot roast to get done is torture to the taste buds.
But your kitchen will smell sooooooo good while you are waiting.
In the meantime why not prepare a nice fresh salad and some warm yeast rolls to go along with your crock pot roast.
And some ice tea. Here in the South, we like ours sweet, but you fix yours any way you want. It's all good.
A nice red wine is also another option.
While You're Waiting, Make a Salad - I Couldn't Do Without My Salad Spinner
Your crock pot roast is a meal in itself when you add the veggies. The only thing missing is a scrumptious crisp green salad. While I'm waiting for my "To Die For" pot roast to complete, I just cut up the vegetables for my salad, add them to my salad spinner, let them take a spin or two, then add them to my fridge until it is time to plate a salad.
This is the new version of the salad spinner I currently own. Everyone seems to like the updated shape and new green color. Hmmmm, maybe I should update, too.
This is the salad spinner I currently own. I love it. I just dunk my veggies and lettuce in to the inner basket, wash well in water from the kitchen faucet, place it back into the bowl and give 'er a spin.
Drain the water then store in the fridge until ready to use.
This spinner holds enough salad for a family of four or keeps your leftover salad nice and crispy for a few days.
Since it is usually just my husband and me for dinner now days, I sometimes wish I had a smaller salad spinner.
I'm definitely thinking of purchasing this mini salad spinner. It's perfect for when it's just the two of us.
Other Links You Might Like
Here's a list of other links on roasts, crock pots, and more.
- Programmable Crock Pot
This is a new site dedicated to finding the perfect programmable-crockpot for you. The site promises to add recipes and cookbook reviews, too, so it might be worth a bookmark and a periodic visit.
- Easy Turkey in the Crock Pot
Easy Recipes and Tips for cooking Turkey in the Crock Pot or Slow Cooker
If you like this lens, please leave a comment. And if you've tried the "To Die For" Pot Roast recipe, be sure to leave a note to say how you liked it. Or tell me what your favorite recipe and/or pot roast ingredients are...I'm always up for trying new recipes!