We raise beef for a living, so pot roast is something that we have often and we really love it. I thought I had cooked pot roast about every way possible until I was looking through Emeril's Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders. Low and behold there it was, Cola-Braised Pot Roast. I just had to try it.
Normally I do not cook the vegetables in with the roast but this was Emeril's and so far every recipe from this cookbook has been really delicious, so I did it. The recipe called for parsnips, carrots, onions, and celery. Don't laugh, but I didn't even know what a parsnip looked like. I was thinking about turnips or rutabagas or something like that. Turns out they are like a white carrot, but I'm guessing you already knew that.
On Monday I helped my husband gather the cows and sort the calves from the cows for weaning. It seems like a simple task to swing the gate open when the calf comes down the alley and let the cows run by to the next pen. Except for the calves really like to stick by their mommas and it gets a little tricky. Needless to say I ran my legs off and even managed to fall down once. I'm real graceful like that.
My husband described my behavior like the scene from the Indiana Jones movie where his dad is waving his arms chasing the birds. The cows were not amused. After all of my crazy running and waving my arms I was pretty tired and quite happy to come home to a delicious pot roast ready to eat. That's the beauty of pot roast; it cooks away in the oven or the crockpot while you are doing something else.
Emeril's recipe called for making a paste with garlic, herbs and salt that are inserted into slits in the roast, which is browned and then braised in a mixture of cola and beef broth. I normally insert garlic cloves into my roasts, but I found the herb and garlic paste created a much more flavorful roast. The gravy was good, with a stronger vegetable taste than my normal gravy but I didn't add anything to it, just thickened it with a little flour. The family enjoyed the meal as if I had slaved in the kitchen all day.
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