Maura’s Pot Roast

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1 – 2 ½ pound Brisket or Rump roast for pot roast
salt and pepper
meat seasoning (Adobo or Accent)
flour

1 to 2 tablespoon olive oil

1 14.5 ounce beef broth

1. Sprinkle meat seasoning, salt and pepper on all sides of roast. Rub it in.
2. In a dish, add flour. Dredge roast in the flour, covering generously all sides of roast.
3. In a large frying pan add olive oil. Heat oil on medium flame. Once oil is hot, add floured roast and brown on all sides evenly. Place roast fat side down and add beef broth and cover the pot. Cook long and slow until tender, about 3 hours on a very low flame. Turn roast every 20 to 30 minutes.
4. Optional – Cook roast for 1 and 1/2 hours and then add large chunks of peeled and cleaned potatoes, carrots and celery. Cook another 1 and 1/2 hours or until vegetables are cook all the way through.
5. Serve sliced pot roast immediately over cooked egg noodles or with vegetables.
6. ENJOY! – Savory Pot Roast that will make your mouth water!

Maura is my sister from another mother.

She and her family moved next door to me when we were about 3 years old, and we’ve been as tight as peas in a pod ever since. As the years flew by, we married our true loves; Maura moved to New Jersey, and I moved to Westchester. Different lives & different towns did not make a difference in the friendship between these two little sister-friends. We still take a vacation together with our families and other childhood friends every year on the Jersey shore, and make it a priority to visit each other as often as time permits. As far as I’m concerned, it’s never enough, as for Maura, perhaps not so much. I say this with a wink because I know she is reading this story.

Both of us get up at dawn on the weekend and, over time, created a ritual I hold dear to my heart. We have maintained a strong connection throughout our lives by phoning each other every Saturday morning. We chat and catch up on our lives as our families sleep. Years ago, when every phone call appeared on the monthly phone bill, my husband, Tom, would go crazy over that one page of calls to Maura in Jersey that totaled sometimes over $30. Eventually, Tom couldn’t complain once I explained that he was getting a break because a therapist would cost him $50 an hour. After all, I was actually saving him $20!

With all the snow we’ve been having lately in the tri-state area, being snowbound at home isn’t so much fun anymore. Personally, I love to cook and bake, so it has been great to prepare those time consuming dishes in the kitchen on a snowy day. As a special education teacher, Maura’s idea of the perfect snow day is to do work for her students or to spend time cleaning. (Wish I had that gene!) But just these past few weeks, Maura has gotten into cooking. She has always cooked for her family and prepared all of the holiday dinners. But now, she is getting into cooking for the joy of it and recently made this pot roast, a simple recipe with few ingredients. Happily, she shared it with me. There is no great secret to a good pot roast, except patience. Believe me, it’s worth the wait!

Maura, I am really looking forward to us cooking together! I know, I know, I will have to keep waiting for that to happen. But, in the meantime, what are we going to make together on our next snow day?

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2 thoughts on “Maura’s Pot Roast

  1. Hey Somebody’s Mom!

    Thanks for the recipe. I could go for a plate of pot roast right now. Can I get it with a heaping pile of mashed potatoes? Oh, & a glass of Chianti too.
    Thanks to you too Maura. I Love pot roast.

    Charlie

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