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Easy Pot Roast Recipe

When it comes to comfort food this easy pot roast recipe is at the top of my list! A savory, hearty, one pot meal that makes suppertime scrumptious.

Easy Pot Roast Recipe

My mom has made this delicious and easy pot roast recipe for as long as I can remember. I have such warm childhood memories of walking in the door after school on a frigid winter day,
welcomed by the intoxicating aroma of pot roast cooking in the oven. I couldn’t wait until suppertime when I would finally get to dig into that delectable meat and tender vegetables. Homework and chores never seemed to get done as fast as they did on those days.

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Now that I’ve got a family of my own, I’ve carried on the pot roast tradition at my house. I find as much comfort in knowing that dinner is prepared and cooking away as I do in knowing that my girls will walk into a warm and cozy home filled with the glorious smell of supper.

Easy Pot Roast Recipe

Nothing is more comforting than knowing that a warm hearty supper has been made and is waiting just for you to enjoy.

Easy Pot Roast Recipe

Except maybe a warm hug from your mama. And in my opinion, that’s just what a big bowl of delectable pot roast tastes like.

Warm wishes and hugs,

Wenderly

Here’s the delicious recipe ::

Easy Pot Roast Recipe
Recipe Type: dinner
Author: Wendy Hondroulis | Wenderly
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Serves: 4-6 servings
When it comes to comfort food this easy pot roast recipe is at the top of my list! A savory, hearty, one pot meal that makes suppertime scrumptious.
Ingredients
  • 1 pot roast – 2-2.5 pounds
  • 6 medium carrots cleaned and cut in half
  • 3 potatoes peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 onion peeled cut into quarters
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried Italian herbs
  • tablespoon of flour to brown the meat with
  • water
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ª
  2. Heat canola oil (in an oven safe dutch oven) over medium-high heat
  3. Sprinkle flour, salt and pepper on all sides of roast and shake off excess
  4. Brown all sides of the meat until they have a golden crisp crust
  5. Tuck all vegetables around the edges of the meat, fill dutch oven half way with water and sprinkle Italian herbs over top of meat and veggies
  6. Put lid on dutch oven and cook in oven for 4 hours
  7. Shred meat with a fork, serve with veggies
  8. Enjoy
Notes
Be sure to check meat after a couple hours to see if you need to addd more water. If the water disappears entirely, you’ll have dry meat.

 

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Fresh Corn and Cucumber Salad on a Hot Summer’s Day

You are just a few fresh vegetables, a cutting board, and knife away from your next scrumptious summer salad. I made the most delightful salad the other day and I just can’t seem to get enough of it. I’ve been consumed with eating fresh corn and cucumber salad lately. If you are like me and you happen to have a little vegetable garden growing in your backyard, then you are probably enjoying a plethora of crunchy little cucumbers about now.

We are gathering about 3-4 cucumbers a day and I can tell by all of the darling little yellow blossoms smattering about, that we will be enjoying bushels more as summer marches on.

A few days ago, as the clock wearily stretched its hands to touch high noon, I stood in front of the fridge gazing upon its contents as I relished in the cold air spilling out onto my body. I was hungry for something cool and crisp, yet savory and satisfying. The stifling hot summer days are a reminder to fuel my body with the gardens’ fresh bounty that leaves me feeling energized and satisfied rather than heavy and sluggish.

My eyes spied the romaine lettuce and I knew a salad was exactly what I needed to escape the blistering heat.

So I grabbed the head of lettuce…

along with a cutting board and a knife…

And I began to slice the cool, crisp lettuce into thin ribbons of celadon green. A calm washed over me as I became aware of the sound of the sharp steel knife cutting through the ridged leaves.

I cleared the cutting board of the ribbons of lettuce and sprinkled them into my beloved grandmother’s white ceramic bowl. A smile spread across my lips as I imagined how many times she prepared her salads while the bowl had residence in her kitchen.

I rinsed a few freshly picked cucumbers under ice cold water and then cut them into thin slices. Before pouring the cucumbers onto the ribbons of lettuce, the sweet, fresh cucumber smell wafted up into my nostrils. For a fleeting moment I considered rubbing the slices onto my neck and wrists as perfume.

I could smell that phenomenal scent all day long.

We had leftover corn on the cob from our supper the night before beckoning to be enjoyed for one meal more.

So I placed an ear on the cutting board and ran my knife tenderly along the cob to release the sweet, juicy kernels.

I used my fingers to gently pop them apart from their tightly snuggled rows as they tumbled into my grandmother’s bowl.

I took a step back to admire the colors and textures that were to become my midday meal. As I turned to the faucet to wash the starchy corn juices that were still clinging to my fingers, I noticed the fresh basil that I have resting in a glass vase beside the sink. I plucked off a couple of emerald green leaves, rolled them up, and ran my knife through the tube, releasing the most intoxicating fragrance.

I stood there, eyes closed, knife in hand, letting the sweet, spicy, aroma intoxicate my senses until I felt almost dizzy.

I then became aware of the ticking of the clock on the wall that pierced the hot silence in a steady tempo. I awakened from my trance and carried on.

It was time for the finishing touches to adorn my fresh summer salad.

First, the simple dressing. I instinctively reached for the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a Ball glass jar. I poured some gorgeous golden olive oil into the jar…

And then added some rich, smooth, balsamic vinegar.

Sprinkled in a few pinches of coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper…

Then twisted on the metal lid… and shook…

Until the few simple, luscious ingredients emulsified and then, became one.

I twisted the lid counterclockwise and poured the tangy, vibrant dressing onto the fresh salad waiting patiently in my grandmother’s bowl.

Slowly I tossed the vegetables with my favorite bamboo salad spoons.

I gathered the salad up and let it tumble into a bowl.

I admired the colors and textures. I breathed in the fabulous flavors. I pinched a sampling of salad between my fore finger and thumb and dropped it into my mouth.

I decided that a smattering of salty, tomato & basil crumbled feta would be the perfect finishing touch.

Perfection.

My smoldering hot summer day found delicious relief with a simple summer salad that made me swoon.

Wishing you a forkful of summertime goodness.

~Wenderly

Here’s the recipe:

Fresh Corn & Cucumber Salad

(serves 2)

Here’s what you’ll need :

1 head romaine lettuce
1-2 small cucumbers – thinly sliced
1 ear of corn
1/4 cup tomato basil feta – crumbled
4 leaves basil- cut into ribbons

For the dressing:

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 generous pinches coarse salt
2 generous pinches freshly ground black pepper

Here’s what you’ll do:

Cut romaine lettuce into thin ribbons. Slice cucumbers into thin rounds. Cut corn from cob. Roll basil leaves into a tube and cut into thin ribbons. Place all ingredients into a bowl and toss.

For the dressing:
Pour olive oil & balsamic vinegar into a Ball glass jar (or other container) add salt & pepper and vigorously shake until emulsified. Pour onto salad. Toss again until salad is coated.

Sprinkle on feta.

Enjoy!

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Sweet & Spicy Steak Kabobs

I have finally slipped into a summertime-state-of-mind. With all of the busy 4th of July festivities now but a memory, I find myself yearning to delve into all that summer has to offer. I want to covet the long, lazy, steamy days and saunter through them with a moment by moment mentality. I love to rise with the sun and quietly sip that first exquisite cup of coffee before the rest of the world wakes up. As I move onto my second cup I relish in the ritual of watering my thirsty garden. Watching the cool water bring my beloved flowers back to life I make a mental check list of what I’d like to accomplish in the precious hours that lay patiently before me. More often than not, my mind wanders to food.

What meals will I prepare for my family today?

Nine times out of ten I visualize a meal made for the grill as the perfect way to eventually end the day.

Wouldn’t you agree that grilling is the perfect way to end a summertime day? And in my mind, the less complicated, more flavorful, the better I always say.

Wait until you see how easy these sweet & spicy pepperazzi steak kabobs are to assemble! You’ll need top sirloin steak, hickory smoked bacon, red & yellow jarred pepperazzi peppers, an onion, fresh sage and dried rosemary (and paprika and S & P that didn’t make it into the photo).

You’ll also need some skewers. Can’t make kabobs without skewers. I used wooden hickory smoked skewers for added flavor but you can use whatever you like. (If you decide to use wooden skewers just remember to soak before using). Putting the kabobs together is a breeze. Cut the steak, onions and bacon into 2 inch pieces and pepperazzi peppers in half. Place the steak into a bowl and toss with the herbs, paprika and some salt and pepper. Then assemble the kabobs. Any order will do, however I strongly suggest that you make sure to place the bacon against the steak for extra flavor as the two meld together while grilling. It is magnificent.

Wasn’t that easy? And aren’t they pretty? Just wait until you taste how flavorful they are!

Once assembled, place on the grill and cook (and turn) kabobs until desired temperature.

And while your at it, try throwing some Bush’s Grillin’ Beans into a grill-safe bowl and heat them right beside the steak kabobs on the grill.

I like to take the term “grillin’ beans” literally. And why not? It makes dinner that much easier.

I served Southern Pit Barbecue Grillin’ Beans. The delicious slow-cooked rich barbecue sauce with pieces of red pepper tucked within the beans was a superb compliment for the sweet & spicy steak kabobs.

It was a match made in heaven.

And it was the perfect way to end my summertime state-of-mind kind of day.

Happy grilling!

~Wenderly

Here’s the recipe!

Sweet & Spicy Steak Kabobs

(makes 8 kabobs)

What you’ll need:

1 1/2 pounds top sirloin steak
16 red & yellow jarred pepperazzi peppers
4 slices hickory smoked bacon
1 onion

For the rub:

1 tbsp paprika
1/4 cup dried rosemary – chopped
1/4 cup fresh sage – chopped
salt & pepper to taste

What you’ll do:

If using wooden skewers, soak in water before using.

Cut the steak, onions and bacon into 2 inch pieces and the pepperazzi peppers in half. To make the rub for the meat, mix the herbs, paprika and some salt and pepper and toss with the cubes of steak. Then assemble the kabobs. Any order will do, however I strongly suggest that you make sure to place the bacon against the steak for extra flavor.

Place the kabobs onto a preheated grill and cook until desired temperature. Make sure to turn the kabobs for even cooking.

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Bush’s Beans but as always the opinions stated, photos & recipes are my own.

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My Yanni’s Leftover Turkey Delight Sandwiches with Hondo Sauce

I’m all about the leftovers after a holiday, aren’t you?

Hours are spent planning, cleaning, shopping, cooking, serving, cleaning again and then …

*POOF* it’s all over.

But then you get to open the refrigerator  *insert angels singing*  and find all of the delicious leftovers just waiting to be enjoyed.

The other day as My Yanni was rummaging around in the fridge he gathered a most lovely collection of leftover delights for a soul satisfying sandwich topped with a splendid sauce.

Say that five times fast.

As I stood in awe watching him assemble his tasty treat, I immediately grabbed my camera, requested a sandwich for myself and began snapping away.

He bagan with two pieces of sour dough bread slathered with olive oil and sprinkled with some dried oregano.

While the bread was grilling on one side, he sliced the turkey.

By this time one side of the bread was grilled to perfection. After a flip, white cheddar cheese was added as the other side grilled.

Next he grabbed some leftover mesclun mix and tossed it with some rice wine vinegar, sun dried tomatoes and the oil from the sun dried tomatoes. I cannot tell you how much flavor the sun dried tomato oil added to the salad mix! Le yum.

It was the time to make the secret ingredient that sent this sandwich over the top!

The sauce.

My Yanni’s special “Hondo” sauce.

It’s only 3 ingredients and it’s divine.

Simply mix 2 tablespoons of low-fat yogurt with one tablespoon of Dijon mustard and one tablespoon of Sriracha sauce.

It’s healthy, slightly spicy and simply delicious!

By this time the bread was perfectly grilled and ready to go with the slightly melted cheese.

Next he slathered each piece with his special Hondo sauce.

Stacked on the slices of turkey,

placed a few handfuls of the salad mixture,

and topped it all off with some gorgeous juicy tomatoes!

I knew that I married this man for more than just his dashing looks.

Voila! Leftover turkey sandwich with My Yanni’s special Hondo sauce.

It will make your heart sing!

~Wenderly

 My Yanni’s Special Hondo Sauce

(makes 4 servings)

What You’ll Need:

2 Tablespoons low-fat yogurt
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon Sriracha sauce

What You’ll Do:

Mix all 3 ingredients until incorporated.

Leftover Turkey Delight Sandwiches

(makes 1 sandwich)

What You’ll Need:

2 slices of sour dough bread
2 slices of white cheddar cheese
4 slices of leftover turkey
4 slices of roma tomato
1 cup mesclun mix
2 Tablespoons sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
2 Tablespoons sun dried tomato oil
1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
olive oil for brushing bread
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano for sprinkling on bread

What You’ll Do:

Brush sour dough bread with olive oil and sprinkle with dried oregano.  Place bread on pre-heated grill.

Slice turkey into 1/4 inch slices.

In a bowl, toss mesclun mix with sun dried tomatoes, rice wine vinegar and sun dried tomato oil, set aside.

When bread has grill marks, flip to other side and add cheese slices on top of bread.

Once cheese has melted, remove from grill.

To assemble sandwich, spread Hondo sauce on top of cheese side of bread. Add turkey slices, salad mix and tomato slices. Place remaining piece of bread on top to make a sandwich.

ENJOY!

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Ham & Cheese “Souffle”…It’s What’s for Brinner

I had the pleasure of being invited to host an Eggland’s Best “Brinner” the other night. I’m certain that you’ve heard of Eggland’s Best Eggs but you may be asking yourself “what in the world is a “Brinner”?  A Brinner is breakfast for dinner…brinner. Get it? Clever isn’t it? Wish I could take credit for the clever term however, I cannot.

I mean who doesn’t just love breakfast for dinner?

My nephew Fritz sure does…

If that doesn’t say happy camper than I don’t know what does.

I decided that the perfect scene for our Brinner would be our dining room.

The evening began with family and friends gathering around the table to enjoy each other and a delicious meal.

Henry couldn’t wait to dig in.

There were cousins full of fun and mischief,

followed by tender moments,

that turned into,

tickle fingers,

and uncontrollable giggles and grins.

There were precious moments.

Followed by million dollar smiles,

and delightful conversation,

while dining on fabulous food.

It was a night to remember.

Even Oakley wanted to join in on the fun.

Unfortunately, he was told that Brinner is for humans.

So he curled up at our feet in defeat instead.

I decided to make a cheese and ham “souffle” that my mother in law has made for years. It. Is. To. Die. For. Heavy on the calories mind you, but the perfect hearty dish to serve for a Brinner. We’ve also had much debate on whether or not this delish dish is actually a souffle or not. But for the sake of many years or it being referred to as such, I have chosen to keep the name.

The star of the dish is of course our Eggland’s Best Eggs.

We just love eggs at our house. They are delicious, nutritious and pocketbook friendly. What’s not to love?

Here’s how I make this delectable dish.

The recipe begins with the crust.

Melt *ahem* 1 1/4 sticks of butter (I told you it wasn’t calorie friendly) and pour it into a casserole dish.

Next add 4 ounces of Feta (because everything is betta with feta) and a half cup of Parmesan cheese and mix with a fork.

Once incorporated add 8 Tablespoons of flour one Tablespoon at a time.

Pat the crust with a fork until even, cover the dish and let it sit on the counter for an hour. I do realize that this sounds like a strange request, but my mother in law said to do it, so I did and it turned out to be incredible. So now I’m telling you to do it too.

Trust me.

After an hour cut some honey baked ham into rectangles.

Cover the entire crust with one layer of the ham. Then place Swiss cheese in a single layer on top of the ham.

I know. Decadent, right? But so worth it my friends. So worth it.

Now it’s finally time for the eggs. Crack 7 Eggland’s Best Eggs into a bowl (make sure that there isn’t any shell left behind)

beat the eggs until they are mixed together.

Continue beating as you pour in heavy cream…

this is a rich, creamy heavenly dish y’all. And no I’m not from the south but it just seemed appropriate to say y’all.

Place into a pre-heated 350º oven for 45 minutes until golden brown on top and a fork comes out clean.

It’s heaven in a dish.

I served mine with a mescaline mix salad and rolls. Really, this dish doesn’t need much as a side, a fruit salad would pair nicely as well.

And there you have it!

Brinner.

I highly recommend it. You should try it. You’ll love it.

Wenderly

Disclamer: I was not compensated to do this post. Eggland’s Best sent me a Brinner Box and paid for the groceries that were enjoyed for the brinner.  And as always, my opinions, thoughts and photos are 100% my own.

We have a WINNER!

A big thanks to all who joined in the fun and to the nice folks at Eggland’s Best Eggs!

Congratulations to Star who said…

Yum!! Looks delicious! And such a handsome family too!!! I might do a brinner at my house, I feel inspired! I think I’d make creme brulee french toast…it’s been on my list for a while.

Star I will be contacting you with details!

Happy Brinner!

A Giveaway! ****Closed*****

The nice folks at Eggland’s Best sent me this fun “Brinner Box” to help me out while participating in this fun event and they are also offering one as a giveaway for one lucky reader.

The Brinner Box will include:
* 2 Free EB Dozen coupons (Any variety- classic, cage-free, or organic)
* 1 Free EB Hard Cooked and Peeled variety coupon
* 4 EB ramekins
*  1 EB apron
* 1 EB whisk
* 1 EB spatula
* 1 EB egg timer
* 1 EB eco bag
* 1 EB plush egg

Just leave me a comment below telling me what YOU would serve at Brinner and you are entered to win.

Giveaway starts today Tuesday June 21, 20011 and will end Friday June 24, 2011 at noon. One person will be randomly selected and will be announced sometime Friday.

Here’s the recipe:

Ham & Cheese Souffle

Adapted from my mother in law

(serves 8-10)

Here’s what you’ll need for the crust:

1 1/4 sticks salted butter (melted)
4 ounces feta (crumbled)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
8 Tablespoons flour

How to make the crust:

Melt the butter and pour into casserole dish. Add feta and Parmesan mix with a fork until incorporated. Add flour one tablespoon at a time mixing between each addition. Pat mixture flat with fork. Cover and set aside on counter for one hour.

Here’s what you’ll need for the souffle:

7 eggs
6 ounces of thinly sliced honey baked ham (cut into rectangles)
4 ounces of sliced Swiss cheese
1 pint heavy whipping cream

Here’s what you’ll do:

Place ham rectangles in one layer on top of crust. Then layer Swiss cheese on top of ham. Beat eggs until incorporated in a bowl. Slowly pour heavy whipping cream into eggs while continually whipping the mixture.  Pour egg and cream mixture over top of crust, ham and Swiss cheese. Bake at 350º uncovered for 45 minutes until golden brown and a fork comes out clean.

Serve and enjoy your Brinner!