Friday, December 2, 2011

Family Recipe Friday: Stove Top Pot Roast

Ask any of my Miller cousins what their favorite family meal is and they will say "Grandma's Stringy Meat". The rest of the world calls it pot roast and I'm not sure how it became G-Ma's Stringy Meat, but we love it just the same. Grandma Miller has been making it for as long as I can remember. It is the meal of Sunday dinners, family celebrations, and welcome home.

Most of the family has tried to replicate it at one time or another, but no one can make it taste the same. She just must cook with more love than the rest of us.

G-Ma Miller's Stove Top Pot Roast

  • Brown roast in 2 Tbsp vegetable oil.
  • Sprinkle roast with 2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1/2 tsp dried thyme.
  • Put seasoned roast in a dutch over.
  • Add 2 cups of water and 1 bay leaf.
  • Simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
  • Add carrots, potatoes, and onions.
  • Simmer for 45 minutes longer.
  • Serve and enjoy!

After many attempts, I have a version of it that my husband and I like a lot. We have an electric stove in our apartment and a dutch oven works best with gas in my personal opinion. So, I've started making in our crock pot and I've made two changes to her original recipe. The first is that instead of 2 cups of water I use 32 oz. of Swanson Beef Broth and the second is that I cook it for 4 hours on high (add carrots, potatoes, and onions 2 1/2 hours in).

Family Recipe Friday is one of the many blogging prompts supported by to help genealogy bloggers record their family histories.  

1 comment:

  1. "Stringy meat" is a perfect description! I've had some success with my new crockpot but seem to end up with either too much or not enough liquid. Will try your Grandma's (adjusted) recipe - thank you. Jo