1 chuck roast
salt & pepper
carrots, whole, peeled.
small red potatoes, quartered
Season the roast all over with salt and pepper. It takes A LOT of salt. Mimi says once start to think you put too much salt on there, put a little more. Brown the roast in in a cast iron with some unsalted butter. Be patient and let it get good and browned. Don’t get the pan too hot that the butter starts to burn. Once it’s sufficiently browned, transfer to the crock put. Pour a cup or two of water in the cast iron and scrape the bottom with a spatula. Pour that water into the crock pot. The roast should be about half way covered in water. Cook until the roast starts to fall apart. Add carrots and potato’s when you have about 1 hour left to cook. Once it’s done you can easily make a gravy with the remaining liquid.
The next day you can easily turn the leftovers into vegetable beef soup. Put leftover roast, vegetables, and gravy into a soup pot. Add a can of diced tomato’s and some water or beef broth. Add in any extra vegetables, such a corn, peas, green beans, celery, onion, etc. If they are canned, just dump them in, but if they are fresh you will want to pre-cook or parboil them. Let simmer and season to taste.