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Exploring my heritage, a little. 
Apr. 3, 2010 6:27 pm 
Updated: Apr. 19, 2010 4:30 pm
I decided this weekend I wanted to try something I had never had before. I went to the grocery and nothing intrigued me, but chuck roasts were on sale, so I bought one.

Now, what to do that was 'different' with a pot roast? Well, in the British Isles, Yorkshire Pudding is a traditional side with roast beef, and much of my heritage is from there. I have never had Yorkshire Pudding, so that is what I decided to make.

Yorkshire Pudding is a very traditional dish in Great Britain. It is even served as a regular menu item at Cambridge University. It is said that Yorkshire pudding was originally served before the main part of the meal, with gravy, to fill people up so they would not eat as much of the expensive roast beef. I chose to eat mine with my meal, because I didn't want to ignore the beef!

I made Marie's Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast. I cooked the beef with frozen 'stew vegetables' which contained pearl onions, carrots, potatoes and celery. When it was done, I removed it to a platter to rest.


While the beef rested, I made the batter and panned up the pudding and set it to cook for 30 minutes. I used Sky High Yorkshire Pudding.

I then made a nice gravy with the roast juices. I just made a roux with oil and flour, then poured the juices into it after it had cooked for 3 minutes. It worked very well.

I sliced the beef just as the puddings were done. I plated it all up, and smothered it all with gravy and it was awesome.

The roast was tender, the veggies were perfectly done without being mushy, and the pudding was crisp on the outside and light on the inside.

They did not rise as much as I expected, and they were not hollow inside as I expected... nor were they "sky high".. but they were really tasty and I did enjoy them with my meal.

I made another AllRecipes item for dessert: Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies. Also yummy!!

I will be making this again. Maybe you will try something from this meal as well!
Pot Roast, at rest.
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Roast Beef Gravy
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Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding dinner
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Yorkshire Puddings
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Apr. 3, 2010 7:01 pm
Special thanks to Witchywoman and LadySparkle for the information on how to get my pictures actually IN the blog. Thanks, ladies!
Apr. 3, 2010 7:03 pm
Good job.One of these days I'm going to post some pictures.
Apr. 3, 2010 7:04 pm
I'll have to try making the Yorkshire pudding this way. I've only ever done it in the roasting pan from a roast beef. It doesn't rise too much that way either. Your pics are great.
Apr. 3, 2010 7:04 pm
I've never had Yorkshire Pudding either TLW, but it is now in my "radar". Looks delicious! Well done with the pictures :)!
Apr. 3, 2010 7:07 pm
It looks really good. Great job!!! There are so many blogs that I can't keep up with! I normally read them if someone posts them on Rescipe Exchange, so whenever you post a blog, post it up there for all to read!!!!!!!!
Apr. 3, 2010 7:10 pm
I had to chuckle when I read your blog. It reminded me of a story my DH told me about a snowmobiling trip he and a good friend took. They stopped at a restaurant that offered a buffet for lunch. On it was something that looked like a roll to him but it was hollow and weblike in the inside. When he asked the waiter what it was he was told pudding (or at least that is how he remembered it) and he laughed so hard for so long. "Pudding?" he thought. What do some men know about food, huh? The only thing I could think of and find online was Yorkshire Pudding. Granted I have never actually had it myself so I couldn't begin to tell anyone if that is what he had or not - but it was the only "roll" resembling pudding I could find. And I, too, bought a chuck roast and tried something different with it today. Only I made the Barbecued Beef and it was good. Good blog!
Apr. 4, 2010 3:29 am
Hi TLW - Nice job on the blog. Try Baking Nana's Unorthodox Yorkshire Pudding next time. It's fool proof. Mine rose to double and were delicious. I have been making YP forever. A delicious way to explore your heritage.
Apr. 19, 2010 4:30 pm
Great blog, I just adore Yorkshire Puddings. I also made Sky high Yorkshire puddings, but I was pleased with the results although I did add some additional salt. Not sure if that was what made the difference.
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