Not everyone likes turkey. I know that’s probably not politically correct to say so close to Thanksgiving, but it’s the truth. I’m more of a ham girl myself. But I thought with Thanksgiving so close that I would share a couple of ways to make the perfect yummy roast in case you’re looking for a turkey alternative!
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Growing up we almost always ate Sunday dinner at my grandma’s house and she ALWAYS made roast. I have to admit it was not my favorite thing. It was something I had to develop a taste for. But now it’s one of my favorite meals. I usually buy a larger roast and shred the leftovers to make BBQ beef sandwiches for a later meal.
There was a popular recipe for roast on Pinterest a few years back that called for a brown gravy packet, a ranch dressing packet, and an Italian dressing packet for the seasoning. It was so good! After my son started having stomach problems and the doctor suspected IBS, we had to adjust his diet and started reading food labels. I found that those premade dressing packets don’t always have the best ingredients so I started making my own seasoning from scratch. I’m going to share that recipe today!
Seasoned Roast and No-Fail Gravy
Before we get to the recipe, just a few quick tips! This seasoning makes THE BEST gravy. Making gravy used to stress me out because I just couldn’t get it right. Somehow it always turned out lumpy. One day I asked my grandma what the trick was to the perfect gravy. She told me to stop using flour and use corn starch instead. She told me to mix the corn starch with COLD water until it completely dissolved and then add it to the gravy and let it simmer until thickened. Let me tell you, she was right! The first time I tried it her way, my gravy turned out perfect!
I like to add carrots in to cook with the roast because, again, the seasoning just makes them SO good. And we usually make mashed potatoes when I make it this way to go with the yummy gravy.
So on to the recipe!
Crock Pot Roast
- 1 TBSP dill
- 1 TBSP onion powder
- 1 TBSP garlic salt
- 1 TBSP sugar
- 1 TBSP oregano
- 1 TBSP parsley
- 1 TBSP beef boullion granules
- 1 tsp minced onion
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp celery seed
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- 1 cup water
- 2 TBSP corn starch optional
- 1/2 cup water optional
Measure seasonings into small bowl and mix well. Spray crock pot with cooking spray or use a liner. Place roast into crock pot and sprinkle with seasonings. Pour water over entire roast. Place the lid on the crock pot and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
For gravy: Mix 2 TBSP of corn starch with 1/2 cup of COLD water until dissolved. Remove roast from crock pot, set aside. Add cornstarch mix to crock pot juices, stir, replace lid and turn crock pot on high. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Carefully pour into gravy dish.
If you don’t like a lot of seasoning, you can do a dry roast in the crock pot. It’s really the easiest! I had read about doing a whole chicken this way so I decided to try it with roast and it works! You just put your roast in the crockpot, add salt and pepper and you’re done! No need to add water, the roast will create it’s own juices as it bakes. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. If you want some veggies with the roast just add them in when there’s 45 minutes to an hour left of cooking time. Super easy!
Anyone else love their crock pot? We’re in a stage of life that is really busy. My husband and I both work full-time and that can make meal-time difficult. This is one of the many reasons I love my crock pot. Being able to toss in the ingredients and leave it to cook all day knowing dinner will be pretty much ready when we get home is so nice! The crock pot we received as a wedding gift gave up the ghost last year so we purchased this one and have been really happy with it! It’s so nice to have a lid that locks on to the base so that you don’t have to worry about spills.
I mentioned in the recipe that you can use a liner in your crock pot. These are so great because when you’re all done you can just pull the liner out and throw it away, eliminating the need to soak and scrub your pot to get it clean! You can find them here.
I hope this post was helpful if you’re looking for an easy way to bake a roast or just learning how to make gravy! Let me know what you think in the comments, I love hearing from you! Have a great day and please be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a post and follow me on social media!
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