As someone who cooks and bakes as much as I do, and as someone who writes a blog about cooking and baking, I have an embarrassing confession to make...
I can't make a good pot roast to save my life.
Growing up, Rich and I both had pot roast weekly, our moms made them perfectly: tender, juicy, cut-with-a-fork pot roast. You know, the kind that you could pull apart with your fork and dip into ketchup or gravy and it tasted like....home?
That's not at all what mine turn out as. The adjectives that come to mind when describing my pot roast are: tough, dark, rubbery, fatty, CHEWY. EVIL.
I know people who rarely cook who can whip out a better pot roast than I. And let me tell you I have tried it all! Different cuts of meat. A zillion recipes (yes, Pioneer Woman's and Martha's as well), the crockpot (which I'm not fond of anyway). I always get the same result...
Rich looking at me across the table, with his mouth full of gristly shoe leather meat with that look in his eyes that says, "Hmmmm, I thought it might be edible this time. Guess I was wrong."
His eyes meet mine and I say, with a desperate squeak in my voice, "How is it this time?"
He looks me in the eye, then quickly away, coughs a few times, drinks down a quart of liquid after he manages to get the meat down his esophugas and answers:
"Not bad." then his eyes meet mine again and we both start laughing.
"I'll give it to the dog. Let's get Mcdonalds." I can see the relief in his face.
I used to think I was getting the wrong cut of meat so I asked around to see what more successful pot roast makers advised. They were buying the same cuts, from the same store as I. Crap.
So, I chalk it up to the fact that I'm not a big red-meat lover so it doesn't love me back. But just ONCE I'd like to put a beautiful, tender pot roast on the table in front of the guys and have Rich say,
"This taste exactly like my mom's."'
"DANG that's good!"
"Did hell freeze over because you actually made an edible pot roast!?"
And I'd also like him to be able to chew it for less than 15 minutes and still swallow it.
So, if you are one of those people who can make a pot roast and make it well HELP ME! Please tell me your secrets so I can battle the one thing that should be easy to me but isn't!