Menu suggestions for pot roast dinner

socksNovember 4, 2010

My dear friend is coming for dinner Saturday night. I thought I might do a chuck roast in the crock pot, so easy. But what would be good with it? I could roast some veggies, but would welcome other ideas. I'm in such a cooking rut.


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I always serve a horseradish sauce, on the side, with roast.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2010 at 12:26PM
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I've gotten into something different instead of potatoes lately...

I boil or steam cauliflower until it's nice and soft, usually with some garlic, then I mash it with butter and some cheese.

It works and plays well with gravy, it's tasty, and the texture isn't unlike very coarsely mashed potatoes.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2010 at 12:39PM
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Pot roast is so good in the conventional manner. The browned potatoes and carrots in it just seem to be mandatory to me. A salad or coleslaw is always a good compliment and a light side dish and pick a dessert of your choice. Again, with the substance I might aim for a lighter dessert, but... *that* is not mandatory! :)

    Bookmark   November 4, 2010 at 12:41PM
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Since moving north (first to MN then to MI) I've learned how delicious Rutabaga is! I was introduced to it in pasties, then started adding to soup, and now to pot roast. Cut it up the same size you would cut potatoes and cook it along with potatoes, carrots, onions, and the pot roast!

Or, if you wanted to get away from roasted veggies entirely, how about serving your pot roast with a savory rice dish and a steamed veggie like brussel sprouts or sugar snap peas?

Or maybe make it into old-fashioned hot beef sandwiches!

    Bookmark   November 4, 2010 at 12:48PM
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Some garlic mashed potatoes are good with roast. Some fried beets are really good too with a really nice touch of colour. I do mine in matchsticks.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2010 at 12:49PM
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i'd oven cook the entire carrots, chunks of onion, celery and small reds (potato) as an added dish, a nice tossed salad...prehaps dinner rolls?

something light for dessert...

the house will smell like heaven...

    Bookmark   November 4, 2010 at 2:14PM
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I second susanjf's suggestion. Yum!

    Bookmark   November 4, 2010 at 2:19PM
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I don't have a crockpot and sometimes think it would be a nice thing to have.

However, I've got my Grandmother's heavy old dutch oven that I use for pot roasts. And it's everything into the pot - roast, carrots, celery, new potatoes, button mushrooms, green beans... Couldn't be easier or heartier with a nice roll on the side.

Well, I always thought reliance on a dessert was pretty much an Eastern European trait - my parents and their parents and grandparents thought a meal (except breakfast) was incomplete without a sweet. Fruit was a snack. A home made cookie usually, maybe brownie or pudding for just family, but something a bit fancier for company - cake, pie or bars.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2010 at 2:44PM
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Check out "Our Recipes" There is a mashed Sweet Potato recipe there that is very good, there is no butter in it. You may find some other things to go with that roast, look around.

Here is a link that might be useful: Our recipes

    Bookmark   November 4, 2010 at 3:34PM
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When I do mine in crockpot I add onions,potatoes,carrots then have a loaf of crusty, crunchy bread mmm/.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2010 at 3:36PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

I too always put in the small red potatoes, onions and baby carrots in the crock pot with the roast. Then I cook some rice and serve the roast gravy on the rice, we love some rice and gravy! If the gravy is thin pour it into a saucepan, mix up some cornstarch and water in a cup, add that to the juice and heat to thicken.

I posted a baked potato casserole recently that would also go good with it, it is probably in the Our Recipes.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2010 at 4:13PM
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I too think if you're making a crock pot roast, the potatoes and carrots are kind of mandatory... although to mix it can prepare them as you like... either roast them, or partially or fully mash them, etc... I've got a recipe for a carrot souffle I can dig up if you want it.

If you want to do something a little different with your crock pot roast, you could try doing a french dip with it and then serving fries and green beans or whatever...

Here is a link that might be useful: French Dip

    Bookmark   November 4, 2010 at 6:51PM
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That sounds good, Carla. I like the veggies with a roast, but I don't like them when they are cooked to death as they sometimes are with the crock pot.

I might make that French Dip. Serve with a couple salads maybe. DH is diabetic, so we'll skip the fries. The french bread will be bad enough.

Thank you everyone. Wonderful ideas.


    Bookmark   November 4, 2010 at 8:16PM
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