Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sunday Pot Roast Dinners

Ever since I can remember growing up my family has had pot roast on Sundays for dinner. As a kid pot roast wasn't exactly my favorite food, but as I got older I learned to appreciate just how delicious pot roast really is. I would eventually look forward to our Sunday dinners.

My Dad was usually the one who cooked dinner when I was a kid. I would remember him sitting at the dining room table peeling the potatoes and carrots. My Dad would always prepare mashed potatoes, cabbage, carrots, new potatoes, gravy and biscuits to go with the pot roast.

After all these years I've been wanting to carry on the tradition of pot roast Sundays, so I finally went out and purchased a roast and prepared one of my favorite family dinners. I grew up in the upper Midwest, so we rarely called dinner, dinner. We always called it supper. I can remember always asking my parents, "What's for supper?" To me dinner meant going out to eat at a nice restaurant. Now after living on the West Coast for so long, I now call my supper, dinner.

The one thing that I love about pot roasts is that they are pretty easy to prepare. I cooked the roast the same way my Dad would cook it. He would use one of those roasting bags, so I purchases a Durkee Pot Roast seasoning packet and it came with a roasting bag. I placed the roast in the roasting bag with some baby red potatoes and carrots. I also threw in some fresh, chopped garlic and onions. I added the Durkee seasoning and a half cup of water. I placed the bagged pot roast in a baking dish and placed it in the oven. I cooked the roast for one hour at 350 degrees. I made some brown gravy to pour over the roast and potatoes.

The one thing that I always remember about the great pot roast dinners my Dad would make were the biscuits. He would buy the Pillsbury biscuits and put them in the oven as soon as the roast came out so that they would be nice and hot when he served them on the table. I did the same and baked some Pillsbury biscuits. They are just as good now as I remember when I was a kid.

I will definitely make more pot roasts on Sundays. I would like to change up the seasoning and perhaps how I prepare the roast. What are some of your favorite pot roast recipes? I would also love to hear what other sides you might prepare with your roast.