Sunday supper time was always looked forward to in our home. It was a time for family when everyone was there at the table. Mother always had something special for Sunday. One of our favorite meals was pot roast. The way Mother prepared it was so good, we could hardly wait to eat. She boiled the potatoes separately and mashed them. The delicious, dark brown gravy, with carrots and peas in it, was spooned over the mashed potatoes. The sliced meat, done to perfection, was placed on our plate with a little extra gravy over it.
From my 'Folks Down Home Recipe Box' comes Mother's recipe for a delicious pot roast supper.
Pot Roast with Gravy
4 to 6 pound beef pot roast
1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced
1 can of peas, drained
1/2 cup hot water
1 beef bouillon cube
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet
6-8 potatoes, peeled and quartered
Melt butter in a Dutch Oven and brown meat on both side and edges. Season with salt and pepper. Dissolve bouillon cube in the hot water and pour this over the meat. Cover pot and place in 350 degree preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours. Add carrots and cook for another 45 minutes, covered. Boil potatoes till tender.
Remove meat and carrots to an oven proof platter and keep warm in oven. Place Dutch Oven on large burner, medium heat. Add a little water to 1/4 cup flour and blend till smooth, add to Dutch Oven slowly and blend well with drippings, using a whip to prevent any lumps. Add more water if necessary to make more gravy. Add Kitchen Bouquet now if gravy is not dark enough. A rich dark brown gravy is desired for this recipe. Add another bouillon cube for more flavor if needed.
Return meat and carrots to Dutch Oven and add the can of peas. Cover and return to oven while potatoes are being mashed. The peas and carrots stay in the gravy -- spoon this over mashed potatoes, place 2 or 3 slices of roast on side and drizzle with a little more gravy. Serve with hot, homemade bread with butter and a garden salad.
Sliced or Button mushrooms - add with carrots
Sliced onion or pearl onions - add with carrots
Garlic powder to taste when seasoning meat
If you like desserts for supper, choose something light, like jello, to go with this meal.