Friday, December 3, 2010

Mary's Michigan Pot Roast with PW Mashed Potatoes

Please forgive my recent but brief blogging hiatus!  As I (slowly) work through the literacy program at Providence College I sometimes experience a severe backlog of assignments! End of semester due dates collided with holiday madness and I lost my footing for a couple of days.  I think I can officially say that I am 100% caught up and ready to dive into a Christmas season full of shopping, baking, crafting and decking!  I did, however, manage to continue to obnoxiously take pictures of ALL of our prep ahead meals over the past two weeks and have many great recipes to share!

I thought I would post this most excellent Sunday dinner type dish from my good friend Mary.  It requires little effort and makes enough to serve as a leftover weekday meal.  I like to serve these with the Pioneer Woman's creamy mashed potatoes which can be made up to two days in advance and reheated!  YUM!!!

Prep Ahead Plan:  You can prepare the roast the night before and make the potatoes up to 48 hours ahead of time.  Leave them in the fridge until you're ready to cook the roast and reheat the potatoes.  I make the entire meal on Sunday and then serve the leftovers as an easy "heat and eat" weeknight meal!   

Mary's Michigan Pot Roast
1 large Pot Roast (approximately 4-5 lbs)
1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 beef bouillon cube
1 cup water
2 T corn starch mixed with 4T water

1.  Open soup mix envelope and pour the entire contents in the center of two long sheets of aluminum foil (double thickness).  Roll the beef in the soup mix to coat.
2.  Wrap the beef roast tightly with the foil, sealing well.
3.  Place the package in a large roaster pan and bake at 325 degrees for 4-5 hours.
4.  When done, open one end of the foil and pour juices into a saucepan.
5.  Add a cube of bouillon and 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.  Add cornstarch water mixture and continue to boil until it thickens.  Serve over meat and potatoes!  

Here is an organic version of Lipton's Soup Mix.  Whole Foods carries it.  You will need to use 3 of the 1 oz packets.


  1. The holidays are a great time for Pot Roast. Along with the organic Lipton’s soup mix you should try grass fed beef. I work with La Cense Beef, which is an approved USDA grass fed program. The website has great Grass Fed Beef Pot Roast Recipes and right now they are having a holiday sale on the meat.

  2. Thanks Tori! We buy all grass fed meats from a local farm called Pat's Pastured. Thanks for telling us about La Cense Beef and the holiday sale. I will definitely check it out!

  3. What a wonderful idea. I love the idea of being able to prep ahead with Mary's Michigan pot roast recipe. I'm very busy and don't have time to spend on meals. The recipe looks easy and delicious. This simple and mouth watering recipe would even be better using grass fed beef. The flavor of grass fed beef is incredible. It is lower in calories and the meat is very tender and juicy. Grass fed meat is so much healthier for both the animal and those of us who will eat it. I know a great place buy pot roast on line if you are looking for grass fed, hormone free, antibiotic free, pesticide free meat. While I do work for LaCense Beef, I can honestly tell you that they offer great tasting meat that is much healthier than the alternatives. That is why it is the only meat my family and I will eat. They will include delicious recipes. It makes for a terrific holiday gift for friends and family. You can get great deals this time of year. Check it out.