Classic Dutch Oven Sunday Dinner

First off, I forgot to mention that my friend Robin of Big Red Kitchen gave me some loot at our meet up – I feel bad that I didn’t give her some jars of salsa, but then realized she couldn’t have taken them on the plane anyway.

She gave me several Big Red Kitchen grocery bags – love them!  Now if I can just remember to put them damn things in the car, I’ll be cooking with gas.  Over the summer she had a cooking salon at a nearby farmers market – I told her if I lived anywhere near her, I would have been there every Saturday to find out how to use up my farmers market produce.

And she brought me a can of Virginia peanuts.  People, if you have never had a Virginia peanut you are missing out – they are super crunchy, flavorful – I’ll have to be really careful because I really could eat this who can all by myself.  Thanks again Robin!

And has been the most recent tradition here at My Bizzy Kitchen . . . Tony made me yet another delicious breakfast!  He made me french toast from a crusty loaf of bread we bought (even though I said I would make bread and never got around to it!) with some cinnamon apple sauce on the side.

When I asked him if this was all for me, he was like “I’ve seen you eat!”  And while I most definitely could have eaten the whole plate, I ate 3 and half the apple sauce and saved the rest for another breakfast this week.  The french toast was perfectly cooked – a bit crunchy on the outside, yet tender on the inside. 😀

Since my Mom and SIL were coming over for dinner I decided to make a pot roast in my dutch oven so it would cook while were out at Goodwill.  Check out my score on this pan!

My pot roast is really “throw everything in a pot” kind of dish, but I wrote the recipe down for you.

Simple Dutch Oven Pot Roast

  • 1 pot roast 3-4 pounds (I used a boneless pot roast that was tied)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1.5 cups beef broth (you could use red wine)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 large potatoes
  • 5 large carrots
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary

Heat oven to 300 degrees.  In a dutch oven, heat about 1 tablespoon olive oil to medium high heat.  Make sure your pot roast has sat at room temperature for at least an hour – I salt and pepper my roast for that whole hour it comes to room temperature.

Put flour on a large plate and coat the roast with flour.  Brown on all sides – about 8-10 minutes total.  While the meat browns, that’s when I peel and cut my potatoes and carrots.

Once the meat has seared, I add everything to the pot, put a lid on the dutch oven and cook for 3-4 hours, depending on the size of your roast.  Mine was 3.5 pounds and I cooked it for 3.5 hours.

Take the meat out and pull apart or gently slice.  Remove carrots and potatoes.  You can either strain the broth that is in the stock pot, but I strain it, put it back in the pot and add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to 2 tablespoons of water and cook that with the stock to make a thicker gravy – takes about 3-4 minutes.

Here is how the meat look after its seared:

Everyone in the pool:

After 3.5 hours – the smell of the rosemary is wonderful!

My mom and I both remarked how much we loved cooked carrots, but don’t make them nearly often enough as we would like.  It was the perfect amount for Sunday dinner, plus my Mom and SIL each had a serving to take home.

I love Sunday dinners because usually the kitchen is cleaned up by 5:00 and it makes Sunday nights all the more relaxing and I don’t feel like I have to rush to get things done before the work week.  And I get to eat at my dining room table that I love – we usually only use it when company comes over. 😦

My plate – the meat was so tender!

Again another weekend has gone by and I didn’t exercise or count points – but I have a good plan this week and I WILL make it to WW on Saturday – that’s going to be my mantra this week. 😀

Hope you have a great Monday – what was the highlight of your weekend?


40 thoughts on “Classic Dutch Oven Sunday Dinner

  1. Mmmm, I love roasts. Cooked carrots are delicious.

    Glad you had a good weekend. I did too, but my Mom just left & now I’m a little sad! 😦

  2. YUM to the pot roast – I have been craving that lately! I loved carrots cooked with meat but don’t do it very often…I don’t know why.

    Tony’s “I’ve seen you eat” cracked me up…the same could be said for me.

  3. Love a good potroast. It certainly is the season for that!

  4. I love any kind of dinner that you can put in the oven and forget about for a few hours. I need to do more cooking like that so I don’t have the sort of crazy day I had yesterday with meal prep!

    And eating an ‘early’ Sunday dinner? My favorite thing. I grew up having a big meal at around 2:00 then everyone ate snacks for dinner. Unfortunately with Mr. Helen working on Sundays, that’s not in the game plan right now.

  5. Pot roast is definitely one of my favorite meals. I like mine with potatoes, carrots and onions. Yum!

    The highlight of my weekend was probably just hanging out with friends and going to the local fall fest.

    Have a great Monday!

  6. I also love Sunday dinners that are all cleaned up by 5pm. My hubby would love this dish! (me too).

  7. I am ready to eat this for breakfast right now…and I mean the roast not the French toast. One of my favourite meals ever and yours looks so delicious and tender. I think I can almost smell it.

  8. Pot roast sounds amazing right now. I’m FREEZING and it would for sure warm me up!

  9. I totally suck at making pot roast (and really all meat in general)! I’m definitely going to brave it and try your method/recipe, Biz! It looks like a great fall meal!

  10. I love pot roast and that looks so good! We had such a relaxed weekend that I got so many things done around the house. That was probably the best part of the weekend 😀

  11. Our weekend was great too- TWO of the girls were here! That French toast looks DIVINE! My weekend exercising consisted of hanging out at a college ultimate frisbee tourny!

  12. Roasts always remind me of home. My mom used to make this with roasted potatoes and carrots and it was always my favorite!
    Favorite part of the weekend was running the half marathon with my husband yesterday! 🙂

  13. I think my family wanted to be at your house for dinner last night. Mom [me!] got to pick and I chose steamed broccoli, steamed cauliflower and boiled cabbage [sharp cheddar cheese sauce optional for the first two.] I thought they were going to evict me. But, dang, it was good.

    I love that fall is here and pot roast is back in rotation. We make ours in the oven, in a bag – no browning, but same spices and veggies. SO good.

    And Tony is such a sweetie with the breakfasts. I want one piece of that french toast with a dollop of apple sauce. YUM.

    Now, come pick a sweater color for me today! heehee

  14. My WW meetings are Saturday mornings, but for some reason I have the HARDEST time tracking on the weekend!!!

  15. Tony! Loving those breakfasts! You can make me breakfast any time. Love the side of applesauce. I’ve never made a pot roast…I really want to try. And I agree- Sunday meals just rock

  16. Okay too weird, when you read my post later you’ll realize we had the same weekend! Goodwill shopping and Sunday dinner roast. I too love rosemary in roast, and the way it makes the house smell so warm and inviting.

    I’ve seen Virginia peanuts sold here (in CA) I wonder if they taste the same as the ones you actually buy in Virginia.

  17. I’ve been wanting to make a pot roast and this just fueled my fire! The highlight of my weekend was seeing my niece and nephew.

  18. Do you think you could clone Tony and send him to make breakfast for me?!

    The best part of my weekend was participating in the Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. My team raised almost $3000!!! I’m pretty excited about that 😀

    and I made some really awesome baked apple cider donuts – recipe soon!

  19. Our family loves pot roast, but I’m trying to cut down on the red meat in our house so it’s a once in a very long while treat.

    The highlight of my weekend was my hour and half nap yesterday! 😀

    Have a great day, Biz!

  20. I love cooked carrots too, but I’m the only one in my family who likes them – so I should do them more for myself! 🙂

  21. That pot roast looks fantastic! I made brisket yesterday, also with cooked carrots in the pot…such a comforting meal! Yum. 🙂

  22. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hi Vat. WOW…you are the thrifting queen. What a score on that pan!!!!! Tony, if you’re bored tomorrow morning, please fly up to Vancouver and whip us up some french toast!!! 🙂 Have a great MOnday.

  23. I love roast with potatoes and carrots! So yummy! Sounds like a great Sunday!

    My highlight was being able to have a little fun and a little relaxation time this weekend!

  24. Yum! I can practically smell it from here! 🙂

    I have a dutch oven that needs breaking in, this might be the thing to try!

    Thanks for the bbq sauce recipe you left on my blog the other day, it sounds good!

  25. Too funny! Last night, Andy and I were talking about how much we loved cooked carrots. We made beef short ribs in the crockpot with carrots, onions and squash. So delicious.

  26. I love a classic pot roast. My mom use to make them on Sunday and my Grandparents would come over and eat with us. Good times.

    My weekend highlight was getting together with some dear friends on Sunday afternoon. We sat on their patio and visited for hours.

  27. This roast looks just amazing!
    And score on the pan! What a great deal! Wish I could shop with you! You find always find the best deals. 🙂

  28. Your husband is so sweet 🙂 That breakfast looks delicious. So does your roast and I don’t even eat meat!

    The highlight of my weekend was apple picking with my little guy in Sunday. We had a great time.

  29. The pot roast looks delicious. 🙂 I have never tried Virginia peanuts before! Are they only available in Virginia?

  30. That pot roast looks so good! Can’t beat the steal on the pan, either. The highlight of my weekend was a sister’s baptism. 🙂

  31. Hey Lady! Your welcome for the nuts and bags! Wow you need to send Tony this way to make me some of that French toast. Yikes it got cold there, we are still in the 70’s here but I think we drop tomorrow. So now I am tryng to get back to normal when I would really rather be in Chicago- what a great city! I haven’t done a pot roast in ages, now that is a great comfort dish right there, reminds me of Ma’s dinners.

  32. Roasts are heavenly! What a perfect Sunday Fall dinner! Lots & lots of carrots are a must in my roasts. I love how it looks (& I’m sure tastes!) seared!

    BTW – can Tony come to NY & cook me breakfast? 🙂

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