So many titles for this ancient form of cooking a slab of delicious beef. Generally made from the beef chuck, it simmers for hours on end in a slow-cooker, crock pot, or a well calibrated temperature in a dutch-oven in your conventional-style oven (or
convection, if that floats your boat!).
Add onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes or any vegetable you want, at any time during the cooking. There are no right textures, since everyone has their own preferences! Some add a medley of spices, and I've even tried anything from cayenne and cajun to
cinnamon and allspice. They all have their own characteristics!
My personal way to cook it is probably the easiest I have ever found, and passed down since the creation of onion soup mix in the 1950's:
Take a beef chuck roast (3-6 pounds) and place it in a crockpot.
Fill the bottom of the pot with about 1/2 inch to 1 inch of rich beef broth or stock.
Take one packet of dry onion soup mix (Lipton is what we use) and douse the top of the roast with it (Don't stir it into the broth!)
Set the temp to low and set the timer for 8-10 hours.
Voila! 8-10 hours later, you have a delectable, simple pot roast. You could add the potatoes and carrots or whathaveyou, but that is purely preference. We will do it when we want a roast beef meal, but sometimes we want roast beef sandwiches and those
potatoes and carrots get in the way.
To note, it is EXTREMELY important not to stir that onion soup mix into the broth. You are trying to make as pure a beef flavor as possible, so the ingredients are there ONLY to accent the beef. When you pour dry onion soup mix onto the roast beef, it
will literally meld with the natural juices of the beef and be absorbed by the roast itself. It infuses the beef with it's flavor and melds perfectly. Incorporating prevents this process.
Many and all may already know this trick, and many may have different preferences. But it's certainly nice to throw a chuck roast in the crockpot, add a can of beef broth or stock and top it with a packet of onion soup mix, set the temp and time and go
to work, all in less than 5 minutes!