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Pot Roast Italiano

Sundays are known around this house as “Lazy Day” and we took full advantage of it! This is another reason that I love my slow cooker so much….I could just give it a big hug (if it wasn’t so hot…whew). Back to the topic at hand, I love new cookbooks and new ideas so I received a new cook book and I took it upon my self to change a few things and this pot roast turned out succulent and very flavorful….I used less garlic, onion, salt,¬†and added mushrooms. I hope you like it! Feedback would be greatly admired! ūüôā

Makes: 4 servings

Here’s what you’ll need:

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1 (about 3 pounds) chuck roast or bottom round roast tied with butchers twine

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 large onion, sliced

1 Tbsp rosemary leaves

2/3 cup white cooking wine (or zinfandel)

1/2 cup chopped mushrooms (I used bella mushrooms)

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes

1/8 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

flat leaf parsley for garnish

Directions:

Place a slow cooker liner in the slow cooker and then place the chuck roast in the bottom. Turn slow cooker on LOW…..

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Add minced garlic, salt, black pepper, rosemary leaves, and mushrooms…..

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Add white wine…..

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And lastly, add the onions and tomatoes…..

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Cover the slow cooker and let cook for approximately 8 hours on LOW…..

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After the 8 hours, add mozzarella cheese and turn slow cooker on HIGH let cook for another 30 minutes or until cheese is completely melted…..

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Voila! Because of the juice that this can release, this can be served over pasta, polenta, garlic bread, or with garlic mashed potatoes….Mmm! I also garnished this dish with more mozzarella cheese and parsley!

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**Make sure to remove the bones (if there are any) out of your chuck roast and the excess gristle and fat.

Chili & Taco Seasoning

I came across a serious problem last night while making chili. I had the beef cooked, the tomatoes and the tomato sauce added and when I went to my spice cabinet, I noticed the chili¬†seasoning was¬†missing! I usually make up my own chili¬†by¬†adding some spices and go on about my business, but I had decided that since it was such a long day, that I would just add the packet to my chili and let it simmer. Boy was I wrong! I “googled” a chili seasoning recipe and voila, I found a few of them, mixed up my own and¬†it was a little spicy, but definitely tasty! You can adjust it to your liking but this is how we like it! Hope you enjoy it!

Makes: 2/3 cup

Use: 1-2 Tbsp seasoning per 1 pound of ground beef (adjust to your liking)

Here’s what you’ll need:

chili and taco seasoning

 4 Tbsp chili powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp dried oregano

2 tsp paprika

2 Tbsp ground cumin

3 tsp sea salt

3 tsp black pepper

 Directions:

In a small bowl, combine chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, oregano, ground cumin, sea salt, and black pepper. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature.

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