Regular visitors to this site might remember my review of the complete pork chop dinner in a crock pot. My vegetables were over cooked, the pork chops were dry, but the sweet potatoes were delicious. In my summary, I said I would experiment with potatoes in the crock pot and that next time, I would try using a pork roast instead of chops. I still hadn’t tried that experiment, but I knew that I was going to have a very busy day today. I decided to make my favorite three ingredient pot roast in the crock pot and try to use what I learned from the pork chop dinner in a crock pot experiment to make a complete meal in my slow cooker.
I put a seared a chuck roast and put it into the crock pot with all of the other ingredients as I described in my previous post. I folded two pieces of foil into strips and arranged them on top of the pot roast ingredients so that it would be easier to remove the foil pouch without puncturing it. I peeled and cut potatoes into large chunks and placed them, along with salt, pepper, and butter, into a foil pouch that I placed on top of the roast. I know that potatoes can be cooked in the crockpot without the foil pouch, but Bus Boy doesn’t like the potatoes to be covered in gravy. If I want him to eat, his potatoes have to be separate.
This pouch was sealed tightly to help steam the potatoes. Since Baker’s man arrives home before I do, I had originally intended that he would top this with a foil pouch full of seasoned vegetables that would cook on top for the last hour or so, but my crock pot was too full with just the potatoes and the roast. I put the lid on my slow cooker and turned it on low.After about 10 hours, I used the foil strips to remove the pouch of potatoes to discover that they were perfectly cooked though they had some dark spots on them from the cooking process. This was most likely caused because the potatoes were cooked in too alkaline of an environment. Next time, I will use small, unpeeled potatoes for this dish, or I may use something to make the potato pouch more acidic.The roast was perfectly moist and tender and full of flavor. All I had to do was to quickly steam a vegetable medley on the stove and serve our complete pot roast dinner.
Here’s the printable recipe. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
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- 1 (3-5 pound) beef chuck roast
- 1 (10.5 ounce) can of cream of mushroom soup
- 1 (0.9 to 1 ounce) packet of onion soup mix (two packets are in a container marked 1.8 or 2 ounces)
- ½ cup water, to de-glaze the pan.
- 6-8 medium potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks
- 2 tablespoons butter, or to taste
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Optional: 2 tablespoons water mixed with 2 tablespoons flour
- Brown Roast on all sides in a hot skillet. You are only carmelizing the exterior, not fully cooking the roast.
- Place Roast into a slow cooker
- Add ½ cup water to the pan in which the roast was cooked and stir, bringing water to a boil to release all of the brown bits into the water. This will add flavor to your roast.
- Sprinkle the packet of onion soup mix on top of the roast in the crock pot.
- Pour the can of cream of mushroom soup over the top of the roast.
- Add the water from the skillet on top of this.
- Using two large pieces of foil, create a foil cross on top of the roast and canned soup mixture, making sure that the ends overhang the sides of the crock pot.
- Place peeled and cut potatoes onto a large piece of heavy duty foil.
- Season, to taste, with salt and pepper and top with pieces of butter.
- Seal the pouch containing the potatoes and place it in the crock pot on top of the foil cross.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and turn on to low.
- Allow to cook for 8 - 10 hours.
- Carefully remove the pouch containing the potatoes by lifting on the foil strips, and place the pouch onto a plate.
- Open the pouch carefully. The contents are hot and steam will escape when you open it.
- The pot roast and gravy mixture that's in the pot will look very ugly and disgusting at this point. That's OK.
- Remove roast carefully to a plate. It will be very tender and will start to fall apart.
- Give the gravy left in the pot a stir to mix well. This will improve it's appearance.
- Optional: If you want to thicken the gravy, turn pot to high, mix 2 tablespoons of flour with two tablespoons of water. Turn the crock pot setting to high, and add this mixture, stirring well. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes or until gravy begins to thicken.