Slow Cooker Shoulder Roast with Sweet Potatoes and Onions – (Serves 7-8)
Slow cooked roasts have become the foundation of my diet over the past few months. I add a new roast to my slow cooker within a day or two of finishing the previous one because I delight in having fork-tender meat continuously available. This recipe shares with you my experience preparing a shoulder roast with sweet potatoes and onions. I would add an additional stir-fried vegetable to make this a complete meal, but was completely happy with just meat and potatoes the first time I ate it.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 8 hours
4-5 pound shoulder roast
2 sweet yellow onions
5-6 sweet potatoes
Red chili powder
Directions: Peel and chop onion into half moon slices. Lay onions in slow cooker and dust with salt and garlic powder. Season roast generously on all sides with salt, garlic powder, red chili powder, ground cumin, and ground coriander. Lay roast in the slow cooker on the onions. Slice sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces. I leave the skins on, but you can peel them off if you like. Arrange sweet potatoes around the roast and dust with salt and garlic powder. Pour in water as required to nearly submerge everything. Place cover on slow cooker. Set temperature to slow cook (200 degrees on my unit) and time to 8 hours. That’s it! The house smells great after a few hours and continues to smell great until after you pack the leftovers away in the refrigerator.
Notes: I don’t bother to thaw frozen roasts in advance when I use the slow cooker. I rinse frozen beef briefly to help remove its packaging and then go on as I would with room temperature meat.
My slow cooker is a Cuisinart Multi Cooker that I picked up at Williams-Sonoma because my local store had one in stock and I wanted to start cooking right away. Amazon sells the Cuisinart, but seems to be out of stock frequently. The Breville Stainless-Steel 7-Quart Slow Cooker with EasySear Insert on display in my Store is similar. Check them out by clicking on the Store link in the upper right hand corner of this site. The Cuisinart has a see-through top and the Breville has a stainless steel top. I like being able to see inside without opening the lid, but the Breville sells for $75 less than the Cuisinart.
Cows raised on grass are healthier than cows raised on corn and soybeans. The resulting meat is lower in fat and higher in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Grass fed beef is increasingly available directly from ranchers. I bought the roast in this story at the Alpharetta Farmers Market from Bobby and Jennifer deGraan of deGraan Farms in Calhoun, Georgia. I like knowing the people who raised my supper. I liked it so much that I bought a freezer full of roasts and ground beef so I always have something to cook.
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