See. I started to get a little cocky. I started to think this cooking stuff was not so hard. I can cook just fine! There is no need to follow directions.
This week's Friday Cooking Experiment went a little awry. I mean it wasn't a complete and total failure, but it wasn't good either. I really wanted to try my hand at pot roast since I loved cooking in the crock pot so much last week. I found this Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast recipe on allreceipes.com and it looked really simple and got rave reviews. I figured there was no way I could mess this up.
Here are the INGREDIENTS and mistake #1:
-2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
-1 package dry onion soup mix
-1 1/4 cups water
-5 1/2 pounds pot roast (MISTAKE NUMBER 1!!! Instead of buying a chuck roast I bought a top round roast. I don't know why. Oh wait yes I do. I specifically remember thinking that the other kind of pot roast was "prettier." Apparently pot roasts are not picked out by their aesthetic quality.)
Then I brought it home and despite the fact that the DIRECTIONS only have 2 freaking steps I made mistake #2:
1. In a slow cooker, mix cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix and water. Place pot roast in slow cooker and coat with soup mixture. (This is where I went more rouge then Sarah Palin. I was like "I want some carrots and potatoes in this mixture." So I put them in. Like A TON. Then I was like "mmmmm....some of the more difficult recipes I looked at had wine in them, I love wine. I will put in some wine instead of water." So I dumped in a cup of wine. Then I was like "that doesn't look like enough moisture. I am going to put in some more water." And I did.)
2. Cook on High setting for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low setting for 8 to 9 hours. (I managed to do this just fine.)
The result? A hard piece of roast that got you drunk. All I wanted was a juicy roast that fell apart as you touched it. My roast was apparently not of the roasting quality. Also, apparently wine has to be cooked on a higher setting for the alcohol to evaporate???? And I also did not know that you should not cook carrots and potatoes for 8 hours. Whoops.
Monday night Dan showed me up by making THE BEST TERIYAKI STEAK OF MY LIFE. I explained to him that our little arrangement should be switched seeing as he is much better at cooking and I enjoy going to work more then he does. He did not agree.
Thanks for the all the great recipes everybody has been sending me! I'm going to do a reader's suggestion this Friday for sure! (and I will follow the directions this time...)