I am not a great cook and I was looking for something that would make me look like a star cooking dinner for my boyfriend. I have made roasts a few times using various means, slow cooker, in the bakers dish w/ the little bag w/ the mix, etc., and this one by far came out the best. I doubled the vegetables and I'm glad that I did, b/c the veggies are definitely the best part of the dish and it would really not be enough if I had not doubled it. For the carrots, I used 1 cup diced carrots and 1 cup whole baby carrots so that there were some bigger veggies you could actually sink your teeth into. I'm normally not a fan of celery but the celery all gooeyed up in the sauce was scrumptious and gave the dish a lot of flavor. The roast itself was tender and came out nice, but it was definitely pouring the carmelized veggies on top after it cooked that made it a winner. One thing I would disagree about is the claim that this pot roast is "easy". I admit that I'm not a great chef, but with all of the slicing and dicing of vegetables and the required searing before putting it in the oven, this is definitely not a quick prep/throw it together thing. I spent around 45 mins doing the prep including the veggies, the searing etc. "Easy" pot roast is either throwing it all in the crock pot with some onion soup or putting it in the bakers dish with the plastic and the bag of premade seasoning. This is true homemade pot roast, but given that I definitely had a feeling of accomplishment.
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I am not a great cook and I was looking for something that would make me look like a star...