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Maguire’s Pot Roast

I do pot roasts (and pork roasts too!) in the crockpot.  We had pot roast for dinner last night as a matter of fact :)  What I usually do is put about 1/2 an onion, 2-3 chopped garlic cloves, and 3-4 chopped celery stalks in the bottom of the crockpot and top that with about 2 cups of boiling water (not necessary to use hot water, but it sort of kick starts the cooking process) and my salt, pepper, and other seasonings.

Then I put in my roast that has been seared on all sides in a red-hot skillet.  I don't always sear the meat, but when I do I get a much juicier roast.  My crockpot has an "auto" setting which is high heat for 4-5 hours then low for the rest of the cooking time, so that's what I use.  When I take the meat out of the pot to "rest" before carving, I add a couple of tablespoons of flax meal to the pot (NotStarch or some other thickener would probably work well too if you dislike the flax flavour although it is VERY mild when used like this). I like to use an immersion blender to puree the onions, etc. into the gravy.  I taste the gravy for seasoning, add pepper, etc. and then let the gravy cook for another 5 minutes or so in the crockpot before serving.   Good luck!