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Old 09-27-2010, 08:40 AM   #1
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Unhappy Chuck Roast without a crock-pot

I have a 2.6 pound chuck roast, beef chuck. Only I have a few dilemmas. First of all my boyfriend and I are just starting our official life living together so we have NO pots or pans. We literally have, a skillet with a lid, 3 cake pans (circle) and one cake pan rectangular. That's my first dilemma. My second one is after deciding which of my 5 pans will be best to cook it in, how do I cook it? I would really like to have some potatoes surrounding it to soak up the beef juices to be turned into mashed potatoes later. Can anyone help me? I feel like a lost cause!

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Old 09-27-2010, 08:55 AM   #2
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You don't need a crockpot to cook a pot roast. People have been doing it for many years.

Sear the roast in the skillet then surround it with some veggies and beef broth or water, add some thyme and a couple of spoons of tomato paste, Bring to a boil and put it into a 350 oven, covered, for a couple of hours. When it's fork tender, it's done.
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Chuck pot roasts were being cooked long before crock pots were invented. If your skillet is large enough to do the whole roast, sear it, add liquid, garlic, and herbs, and simmer in the skillet with the lid on. Near the end of the cooking time, add potatoes, carrots, and onions, and cook till tender. I generally cook a pot roast over a mirepoix to add flavor and keep the roast off the bottom of the pan.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:05 AM   #4
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You beat me, Andy, one caveat, if you do the roast in the oven, be sure the skillet handle is oven safe.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:41 AM   #5
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You don't need a crockpot to cook a pot roast. People have been doing it for many years.

Sear the roast in the skillet then surround it with some veggies and beef broth or water, add some thyme and a couple of spoons of tomato paste, Bring to a boil and put it into a 350 oven, covered, for a couple of hours. When it's fork tender, it's done.
you beat me to it, Andy!

For the OP, I've been making pot roasts for almost 50 years, and have never used a crock pot. Usually I do it in a dutch oven, in the oven, after searing the meat on top the stove, but if your skillet is deep enough, you'll be fine with that.

Oh, and you might want to use heavy duty aluminum foil as a "lid" for your skillet, because the lid that comes with it might make the pan too "skinny" to hold the pot roast and the veggies.

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If your fry pan is too small you can get an oven bag and cook the whole thing in it.
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:41 AM   #7
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You beat me, Andy, one caveat, if you do the roast in the oven, be sure the skillet handle is oven safe.
Most any cookware is OK in the oven to 350-375 F. I don't even think about it anymore.

Where the OP said it was such a small roast, I figured it would fit the skillet. However, using a foil lid if necessary is a good idea.
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thanks everyone. these replys have been a very big help.
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thanks everyone. these replys have been a very big help.
be sure to let us know how it turns out.
Oh, and don't forget to season your meat with salt and pepper.
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If your fry pan is too small you can get an oven bag and cook the whole thing in it.
Great idea, and I agree. Those cooking bags do a bang up job for a never fail potroast, however she'd need to put the bag in the skillet for obvious reasons.
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