Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Crock Pot Roast

Amber and Eddie ( my oldest daughter and her husband) are coming over for dinner tonight.
So I wanted something I could have done and waiting when they arrive without alot of extra busyness in the kitchen.  I also wanted something I could start and not have to spend the day in the kitchen and take away from our school time. So, I pulled out a tried and true recipe for crock pot roast.  It can be found at this link, To Die For Crock Pot Roast.

I have served this several times each with wonderful results.  The nice thing is you can use a relatively inexpensive cut of beef and because of the long, slow cooking and ingredients, it comes
out tender and so flavorful.

The basic recipe is this:

1 (4-5lb) beef roast, any kind
1 (1 1/4 oz.) pkg. brown gravy mix
1 (1 1/4 oz.) pkg. dried Italian salad dressing mix.
1 ( 1 1/4 oz.) pkg. ranch dressing mix dry
1/2 cup water

1. Place beef roast in crock pot.
2. Mix dry mixes together in a bowl and sprinkle over roast.
3. Pour water over roast.
4. Cook on low for 7-9 hours.

Couldn't be easier!!

Oh, I didn't have the packages this time of the dressings so I made my own mixes to use and store.

Ranch Dressing Dry Mix

1/4 cup powdered buttermilk
3 Tblsp. dried minced onions
3 Tblsp. minced dried parsley
1 Tblsp. dried minced chives
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

In a bowl or jar (which you can cover) - combine all ingredients. Mix well and store.
Makes about 3/4 cups mix and is enough to prepare 8 cups of dressing.

For this recipe the 1 1/4 oz. = 2 1/2 Tblsp.

To use for regular ranch dressing combine 1 1/2 Tblsp of mix to 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup mayonnaise.  Whisk until completely mixed, chill and serve.

Italian Dressing Dry Mix

1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tblsp. onion powder
2 Tblsp. ground oregano
1 Tblsp. dried parsley
1 Tblsp. granulated sugar
2 Tblsp salt (adjust to taste)
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. ground basil
1/4 tsp. ground thyme
1/2 tsp. dried celery flakes

Mix together and store in airtight container
To prepare: 2 Tblsp. mix, 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 Tblsp. water and 1/2 to
2/3 cups of olive or canola oil.  Mix well and serve.


  1. Hi Lynda,
    Now I am so hungry. It is near dinner and viewing your yummy pic has me drooling. LOL
    What a nice dinner night with your family.
    Enjoy and have fun.

    Thank you for stopping by. Nice to see you.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

    1. Celestina,
      Glad you popped over. This is really delicious and so easy. Two of my favorite descriptions for cooking : )