Sunday, June 22, 2008


I LOVE Sunday dinner! My family LOVES Sunday dinner. It is a BIG deal in our home. Our son and his family live next door and we all eat together every Sunday. I just LOVE it! There are usually 9 of us that eat together every Sunday, but now we've added a Summer guest, so it's 10. We always decorate the table in some fun way, seasonal or whatever strikes our fancy. And I've done that since my children were very small. My girls always got a big kick out of helping "decorate" the Sunday dinner table. We did a patriotic table for today.

This is what happens when you try to fit 18 people in my little dining room! LOL But we had a wonderful time with our guests today. You can't get to really know someone, when you only see them at church. But if you invite them over and sit down to dinner together and fellowship and laugh, THEN you really get to know them! This is how we did it. It was wall-to-wall people, but we all fit and had a fun time doing it! My Honey and I aren't in the pic. I was taking the pic and he was standing behind me making people smile! LOL That's our son & daughter in law & oldest daughter on the left. On the right are our guests, our youngest daughter and then other various and sundry friends and family members!

Anyway.... I'll usually fix roast chicken, ham, pork roast, a turkey or a nice beef roast (when I can find it on sale!). I was so thankful to the Lord when I did my shopping the other night. We had this new family from our church, over for dinner today, and I wanted to make Southern pot roast for them. When I got there, all the roasts were on clearance! WOOHOO! If you like beef that is fall apart tender, you have GOT to try this. It's DEElicious!


1 (3 - 4 lb) boneless chuck roast
1 tsp. Lawry's seasoning salt
Salt & pepper
2 Tblsp canola oil or olive oil
1 Tblsp beef bouillon granules
1 Cup thinly sliced onions
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 bay leaves
1 (10 3/4 oz) cream of mushroom soup
1/2 soup can of water
1 cup beef broth
2 Tblsp Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 350. Rub the roast with the Lawry's, salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet and brown the roast, searing it on both sides. Place the meat in a roaster pan. Sprinkle the bouillon granules over the meat, and cover it with onions, garlic, and bay leaves. Combine the mushroom soup, half soup can of water, beef broth and Worcestershire sauce, and pour this carefully over the roast. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until fork tender. Remove and discard the bay leaves. If the gravy is not thick enough, remove the meat from the pan and pour the gravy into a saucepan. Bring it to a boil and thicken by adding a little flour mixed with cold water. I use a small Mason jelly jar for this. I fill it half way with cold water, add a couple tablespoons of flour, screw the lid on, and give it several good shakes. If there are any lumps in the thickening when I take the lid off, I fish them out with a fork. Pour slowly into the boiling gravy while stirring with a whisk.
Serve roast with mashed potatoes and gravy.

OPTIONAL: I have added mushrooms to this roast on several occasions and I don't know why I didn't today, because we all really like it that way! LOL Oh well, next time!


Honest to Ya~Ya said...

I love pot roast...unfortunately Hubby is not real fond of it...sigh! Yours looks moist and delicious!☺

Christina said...

I need to try this roast. We all love a good tender roast. And I LOVE your table! What a great tradition.

Christina said...

Oh my! I made this roast last night. The first time I made it, I used a crockpot and while it had great flavor, it didn't have enough time to be fall-apart tender. I made it last night in the oven and there is no comparison!!! It tastes SO MUCH BETTER done this way and tender, oh goodness! Let's just say I'm looking forward to lunch today to eat the leftovers! Thank you!!!

Starr said...

LOL Christina. I'm glad you liked it so much! I know it's definitely one of our family favorites too.

Anonymous said...

Starr, how many people will that 3-4 pound roast feed? Surely you used more than that to feed 18 people!? Just wondering how much I need to buy. Thanks!

Starr said...

Kimberly, the standard rule of thumb for beef, is 1/4 lb (4 oz) per person. So a 4 lb roast would feed between 8 - 10 people. Normally I would say it was enough for 16, but I like to go a little on the high side (8 oz per person), in case the guests are big eaters. Also I take into consideration how fatty the roast is, as it will shrink while it's cooking.

Jessica Cusano said...

Oh my! I made this tonight and had BIG compliments from the family!!! The gravy that it made is just fantastic!!! :) I did use the mushrooms, and Mike, who doesn't usually like mushrooms, LOVED them! :) Oh the flavor explosions!!! :) Thanks so much for sharing your recipes! I can't seem to get enough! :)

anita said...

It's Sunday, and i'm cooking mine in the oven right now. God must've led me to ur site. Oh trust me, granny can cook, as i've been told but i'm always looking to try sumen new. I think cooking in a cast iron roaster is the best, so tha's what i'm trying. i'll be back to let u know. Oh i smothered mine in mushrooms & onions. I just do the taste of bay leaves, but evythg else seems great!
gmom Anita

Anonymous said...

I use your recipe to make a pot roast for Easter Sunday and everyone loved it!!! I'm at a cook at all, that with your great recipe everyone thought I was!! I love it!! So tender so juicy!!! I'm doing it again today!! Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

When I found this recipe on Food Network I wanted try it but Paula Deens calls for wine and I didn't have any. Thank you for the making the substitution, it came out awesome! I've made this twice so far both times have been great. The only change I made was that I followed the original recipe and added the onions and garlic to the pot after searing the meat and I added the granules to the soup mixture instead of sprinkling it.