Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


1 medium turnip, coarsely chopped or diced 

1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 large or 2 medium carrots, chopped
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 (3 lb) chuck roast
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons snipped parsley
1/3 cup cold water
3 tablespoons all-purpose or whole-wheat flour

In slow cooker or crock pot, place the turnip, onion, carrot, celery, and garlic.

Trim excess fat from roast and cut so that it will fit into cooker. Heat the oil in a large skillet, add the roast and brown on all sides; drain. Place the meat over the vegetables in the cooker. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over all and pour the water into the cooker. Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours. Remove the roast to a warmed serving platter. Strain the vegetables, reserving 2 cups of the cooking juices. Add water if necessary to make 2 cups.

Spoon the vegetables over the roast on the warm serving platter. Sprinkle with the parsley and cover with foil to keep warm.

Skim any excess fat from the cooking liquid then pour liquid into a saucepan. Blend the cold water slowly into the flour until smooth. Stir the mixture into the cooking liquid and cook, stirring, until thickened and bubbly. Serve as a gravy with the meat.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Note: Add or substitute other root vegetables as desired.

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