Crock Pot Roast

by jerseygirl on February 9, 2009 · 33 comments

As a child, I remember having nice Sunday dinners which consisted of pot roast or pasta with some type of meat. I try to continue the Sunday tradition and love making a nice Sunday meal. Yesterday, we decided to take the kids to see Hotel For Dogs so this was the perfect opportunity to let the crock pot do the cooking for us. I happened to see Kat’s pot roast on A Good Appetite and knew that’s what I needed to make. I made a similar meal and our house smelled delicious.

I have a little trick which I’ll share with you. This will make your roast extra delicious. I cut a few little slits in the meat and stuff whole cloves of garlic into the roast. The garlic just melts into the meat giving it great flavor. See the cloves jammed into the meat.

This was the perfect one pot meal. I served some green beans on the side and dinner was ready when we came home from the movies. By the way, it was a cute movie and the kids loved it.

Rosemary and Wine Slow Cooker Pot Roast

1 T olive oil
salt and pepper
2 lb boneless beef roast, fat trimmed (I used bottom round)
4 cloves garlic
3/4 cup red wine
1 tsp onion powder
16 oz. baby carrots
3 medium red potatoes, cut in half & then each half quartered
2 large onions, peeled & quartered
1 spring fresh rosemary, leaves removed from the stem & chopped (or 1/2 t dried)
8 ounces button mushrooms
1 to 2 tsp corn starch if desired to thicken gravy

In a skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Salt & pepper the roast on all sides. Make 4 slits in the roast and stuff the garlic inside. Add the meat to the skillet & cook until brown on all sides. Remove & place in crock pot. Deglaze the pan with the red wine and add the onion powder. Surround the beef with the carrots, potatoes & onions. Sprinkle with the rosemary and pour the wine mixture on top of everything. Cook on high for 5 hours. Potatoes can be removed if they look like they are already cooked. Add mushrooms and cook for another one to two hours or until the roast is tender. Add salt and pepper to taste and thicken gravy with cornstarch if desired.

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Paula February 10, 2009 at 1:48 am

What a great idea! I really need to use the crockpot more. I like your garlic trick; I bet it tastes terrific! Glad the kids enjoyed the movie!


Donna-FFW February 10, 2009 at 7:49 am

Lisa- This looks delicious, just the kind of thing Id like to make on a weeknight. I love the rosemary and garlic!!


Culinarywannabe February 10, 2009 at 8:09 am

I am the a huge fan of the crock pot! Love the garlic tip!


Amanda February 10, 2009 at 8:28 am

That looks delicious! I like to have Sunday dinner too. My oldest is 16 now, so I know the days of having dinner every night with the whole family will be gone as they begin to head off to college etc. The weather has warmed up here in WI so I think I’ll save the crockpot for next week and might be trying this recipe 🙂


Maria February 10, 2009 at 10:16 am

A classic dinner done in the crockpot! Wonderful!!


Ciao Chow Linda February 10, 2009 at 10:23 am

I just got a new crockpot and made a pork roast with it. Will have to try the beef. Such worksavers!


kat February 10, 2009 at 10:34 am

Oh I love the idea of putting garlic in slits of the meat!


Lucy February 10, 2009 at 10:50 am

Looks great! I haven’t made this in ages…. guess what…I’ll be having the same dinner this evening 😉


Michele February 10, 2009 at 11:42 am

Bring on the crockpot recipes! This looks so yummy! I’ve used that garlic trick with roast beef and you’re right it gives it such great flavor!


Pam February 10, 2009 at 11:53 am

Yum. You just can’t beat a great pot roast. Looks delicious Lisa.


Bridgett February 10, 2009 at 12:36 pm

This is probably one of the most comforting meals out there and definitely one of my favorites. Love the carrots!


Jennifer February 10, 2009 at 2:47 pm

I love putting cloves of garlic into slits as you suggest. Fantastic flavor.


The Blonde Duck February 10, 2009 at 3:12 pm

We had roast on Sunday too, but oven, not crockpot. This looks great!

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Jeff February 10, 2009 at 4:05 pm

I really need to get better at using my crock pot so many things I could simply my life with.


Lisa magicsprinkles February 10, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Nice garlic trick. Thanks for the insight!


Debbie February 10, 2009 at 4:55 pm

That looks great. I love to make crock pot roast. I amde one last night that I will post soon too!!! It’s the time of year for a crock pot!


That Girl February 10, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I usually do that garlic trick with roasts in the oven, but I always forget when I’m putting things in the crockpot!


Annie February 10, 2009 at 9:03 pm

It looks so yummy! I really miss pot roast. My mom used to do the same trick with the garlic, especially in pork roasts!


Bunny February 10, 2009 at 11:47 pm

I love using my crockpot, I don’t ever make a roast in the oven anymore!


mikky February 11, 2009 at 2:22 am

the herbs you use were just perfect for a pot roast… the smell coming from your kitchen must be so good while this was cooking… 🙂


Lori February 11, 2009 at 8:04 am

I love the taste that comes from jabbing those pieces of garlic in the meat! 🙂


Katherine Aucoin February 11, 2009 at 8:57 am

A savroty winter meal, fantastic!


Emily February 11, 2009 at 5:52 pm

The roast looks great! I love your garlic tip.


Veronica February 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Nothing like pot roast…and even better one you can leave the house while it’s cooking!


Priscilla February 11, 2009 at 7:47 pm

I bet this tasted so good. It looks way delicious. I have an award for you on my blog Lisa!


ChefDruck February 12, 2009 at 1:24 am

Great crock pot recipe. Looks delicious and satisfying for a cold winter night.

I think I’m going to take the kids to see Hotel for Dogs this weekend. Glad you enjoyed it!


Janine February 12, 2009 at 11:26 am

This looks great and I need some new crockpot recipes:) Let me know how it goes with the book, my mother and I have found we lost not so much in pounds but in inches, which is good


Stacey Snacks February 12, 2009 at 4:41 pm

That’s certainly not the pot roast that I grew up with on Sundays.
Yours looks succulent and fantastic!
Maybe I need to buy a crock pot after all these years.


Peter M February 12, 2009 at 5:49 pm

LOL, I almost thought it read “crack pot”. Anyhow, you got a tender, flaky-moist meat…and lots of sauce from the veggies…great family meal.


Katrina February 12, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Great looking meal. Come on over and cook for us. I’ll have a cookie for you! 😉


Jan February 13, 2009 at 12:14 am

Mmmm rosemary and garlic, a perfect combination, I bet this tasted great. Don’t you just love crock pots?


Rosie February 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I love my slow cooker and this is a must try Lisa!! I’m going to print your recipe off now! Thank you :0)

Rosie x


Maria February 16, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Lisa, I just bought a slow cooker a few weeks back and this recipe looks great. I am book-marking to make soon.



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