I really have no words for dinner tonight.
It was probably one of the best meals I’ve ever made and was definitely the best smelling meal ever.
I actually started our dinner around 2 this afternoon. And since that’s all I could smell in the house today, I had a good snack around 3:30…to keep me from digging into dinner too early.
I chopped up one small gala apple, sprinkled it with cinnamon and a pinch of salt, and then popped it in the microwave for a minute.
Once that came out, I topped it with 1 Tbsp cinnamon raisin pb and a sprinkling of graham cracker crumbs.
I’m really not even going to try to explain this – I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.
Nick and I bought this dutch oven a few months ago and I’ve yet to use it. I was waiting to make a beef burgundy, but I realized pot roast was on the menu plan for this week and I really wanted to do a real pot roast instead of the roast in the crockpot like I normally do.
Today was the day.
I had a sirloin top roast that I thawed in the fridge over the past day. I seared it in the dutch oven in a bit of olive oil. Once it was browned on both sides, I took it out of the pan and added some diced onion, carrot and 2 garlic cloves and let them soften.
Once the vegetables were softened, I added in 1 Tbsp of tomato paste, 1 cup of red wine, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 cup of broth, salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary. After letting that come to a simmer, I put the roast back in the pan and put it in a 325 degree oven to cook for 3 hours.
I took the pot out and put more sauce on top about every hour while working this afternoon.
Once the meat was cooked and tender, I cooked 8 oz. of sliced mushrooms in a bit of olive oil + butter and added them to the sauce while Nick sliced the roast.
And then, we ate.
Roast with carrots, onions, and mushrooms.
Virginia red wine.
Whole grain bread with Kerrygold butter.
All I can say is that I wish every day was like this…but without my day job ;)
I had so much fun working on this meal all day! The house smelled wonderful…and it smelled like home. Like love. Like we were about to have the best meal ever.
And I think we did tonight.