Friday, September 4, 2009

Something She Ate

Fall weather is pressing upon my part of the States, and it makes my palate picky. I want warm, aromatic, hearty meals. Quite like this simple meat and taters meal, here. Each part is a favorite and, well, when thrown together, it just sits well.

At the start of your day, place any frozen beef roast in your slow cooker. Open a can of Ro-Tel and drown the meat with its juices, tomatoes and peppers. That's all, no water needed. Set to low and let simmer all day. You'll love the smell as it fills the house, I promise.

Later in the evening, thinly slice potatoes of your choice. (4-6 small ones work for my family of 4.) Toss into a glass baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil (to taste), and liberally sprinkle with minced onions, sea salt and fresh-cracked pepper (also to taste). Stir well to mix and evenly cover potatoes. Cover and bake at 400 degrees for an hour to an hour-and-a-half -- adding a Tbs butter and stirring halfway through. (Alter time or temp if necessary.) This is my new favorite potato dish, especially when some slices are browned and crisp. *mwah*

Prepare a green vegetable side, like asparagus. Trim ends and place stalks in glass dish. Season with something like McCormick's parmesan herb, add a few pats of butter, cover with foil and "steam" in oven alongside those potatoes. Bake 20 minutes, or until tender.

Serve with homemade cornbread. Just use your favorite recipe.

Enjoy!

And perhaps follow up with a chocolate crisp and vanilla ice cream...

34 comments:

Lori said...

A slow cooker and its aromas in the background sounds like an exceptional idea right now. It's getting so chilly.
And I do love the potatoes done in the oven like that.I do drizzle some tomato sauce too, because that's my grandmother's recipe and could very well be my most favorite food (at least the favorite that is easiest to make).

Rebecca Nazar said...

After finishing this comment, I'm racing out to buy a slow cooker.

Amy Sue Nathan said...

Is it me? What's Ro-Tel?

Because I need some so I can make this.

Terri Tiffany said...

I would like to be invited to your home for dinner, please:)
I use my slow cooker all the time for all kinds of meat! It makes it so much more tender!
But I use soup on my meat or a dry soup mix.

Capri K said...

I have been thinking about different kinds of dinners too. I seriously considered making soup the other day, with home made broth.I didn't, but I thought it!

Ladybird World Mother said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Haven't got slow cooker but can do it other ways... and what is Ro-tel?? Or its Look Alike? Am in UK. Thanks for wonderful recipes... do a potato dish very like yours... sometimes adding a bit of garlic, or not. As the mood takes me! x

Jody Hedlund said...

So, are you inviting anyone over to dinner to enjoy this feast? *Hand up* Pick me, pick me!! :)

Stina Rose said...

Sounds delicious! When's dinner?

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Wow, that sounds good. I definitely need to learn how to cook. :0) Have a great weekend, Janna!

Janna Qualman said...

Lori - Yum! I'll try to tomato sauce. That sounds excellent.

Becca - You can find 'em cheap! All kinds and varieties.

Amy - Ro-Tel is the name brand of some canned diced tomatoes with peppers and spices. Find with tomato sauces and such!

Terri - Mmm! I've never tried a dry soup mix, but that would be yummy, too.

Capri K - I do soup once in awhile, and just throw in whatever I've got around. :)

Ladybird - Just look with the canned tomatoes and find the diced ones mixed with peppers and spices. Good luck!

Jody - That would be so fun!

Christina - Whenever you get here, girlie. :)

Kristen - If I can do this stuff, it's simple enough for anyone!

Tess said...

Ooo, yum! Love my slow cooker - it has saved me many times. My new thing this fall is my pledge to make a fresh, hot breakfast for the kids before school every morining. Today we had waffles with fresh peaches, sausage and juice. It makes me feel like a good mom to fill their bellies with hot, comfort food in the morining :)

JLC said...

Tasty! Thanks for sharing!

thedomesticfringe said...

Can I come for dinner? P-l-e-a-s-e.

-FringeGirl

Lazy Writer said...

I have a roast thawing in the fridge right now. I may have to cook it this way tomorrow. Thanks for making me hungry! :)

T. Anne said...

OK, I'm hungry now.
I love fall, it's my favorite time of year!!! If only it wasn't so busy..

Sharla said...

Mmmmmmmmm. Never thought about Rotel. I use Rotel all the time but never thought about it for roast. I oven-bake chicken topped with Rotel and it's really good.

I do roast by putting flour, brown gravy mix, and seasoning (pepper, tony-c's, garlic) on a plate and rolling the meat in it, then putting in a crockpot with sliced potatoes and diced peppers and onions and water. The flour and gravy mix cooks into the meat and mixes with the juices to make gravy and the house smells sooooo good!

Sharla said...

For winter, I'm waiting for CHILI! That's my favorite cold weather food.

Strange Fiction said...

Sounds good! I love my slow cooker--couldn't live without it. I use it in the heat of summer too to avoid turning the house into an oven.

When I blanche my garden veggies for freezing I strain and save all the 'broth' for soups in the winter.

Cindy said...

Mmmm, I love pot roast. I'm coming over to your house for dinner next time you make this!

septembermom said...

I so need a slow cooker. All of this sounds heavenly! It would be a wonderful way to wait for a delicious dinner. Your dessert choice sounds great too!

Jessica said...

Would you like to come live at my house? Bring your family and your cooking skills. :-)

Joanne said...

Your delicious meal is luring me back to blogging ;)

Thanks for stopping by Janna, all's well here. Lots going on though, including some major home improvements scheduled, so it will be a couple more weeks before I'm back into the blog schedule. Hope you're enjoying your summer, miss you too! Have a great weekend ...

Nadine said...

Sounds delicious!! You just made me very hungry!!

I'm going to try that potato dish, yum!!

Kara said...

Sounds yummy! I love fall weather and sitting down with a warm bowl of chili or stew. I can't wait to try your recipe:)

LA said...

This sounds absolutely delicious!

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Sounds absolutely delicious! And I love the aromas. You made me so hungry! Amen for slow cookers.

Janna Qualman said...

Tess - Mine are fond of waffles, too! :)

JLC - Sure thing. ;)

Fringe Girl - Absolutely.

Lazy Writer - Let me know how it turns out!

T. Anne - It's just beautiful, isn't it?

Sharla - Have you tried it over fish? We like tilapia (or any white fish), and I spoon it over the filets, enclose in an aluminum foil pounch, and then serve over rice. Mm-mmm!

Strange Fiction - What a good idea!

Cindy - Deal!

septembermom - I thought everyone had one these days. :) You would certainly use it often, I think!

Jessica - In FL? Heck yeah!

Joanne! Good to see you. :) It's been a great summer, shifting gears for school and fall now. Hope the last bit of your break is great!

Nadine - Let me know if you like 'em!

Kara - Chili sounds awesome!

LA - You'll have to try any/all of it. :)

Janna Qualman said...

Donna - My slow cooker is indispensible! :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jana -

This sounds yummy! Aren't slow cookers one of the greatest inventions? I use mine all the time.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Stonefox said...

A "picky palate"...I love it! I also love using the slow cooker. Thanks for the recipe!

Janna Qualman said...

Susan - They're perfect for busy people!

Stonefox - Good to see you here! :)

Deb Shucka said...

This sounds wonderful. I'm still clinging to summer food for as long as I possible can.

Janna Qualman said...

Deb - I could use a few more fresh garden tomatoes myself!

Lisa E. said...

Yum yum yum! This sounds delicious! (and easy!) I can't wait to try it. You must have read my mind, as just this weekend I was wishing for some relatively simple and scrumptious recipes for dinner. Thank you!! I can't wait to pull out the slow cooker and try it!