Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sunday breakfast and dinner recipes

I bought a chuck roast the other day intending to cube it up for stew. But I decided to look around for other ways to use the chuck roast. This recipe for Slow Cooker Beef with Root Vegetables looks good! This might be our Sunday dinner along with some Portuguese Easter bread. Or maybe this version of pot roast!

3 lb. chuck roast
Olive oil as needed
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pint beef stock
1 cup red wine
1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
2 bay leaves
Chopped thyme, rosemary and parsley to taste
4-5 red potatoes
4 large carrots
20 pearl onions or 2 medium Spanish onions
4 cloves garlic, chopped

Take the widest covered pot you have and place it on the stove on high heat. Brush the roast with olive oil and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Add oil to the pot, wait till it starts to smoke and sear the roast on each side until browned. Remove the roast, add the wine and deglaze the pot, scraping the browned bits off the bottom, as the wine comes to a boil. Add the stock and tomato paste, return it to a boil, and then reduce it to a simmer. Add salt, pepper, bay leaves, thyme and rosemary. Add the meat back into the pot and cover. Place the pot in a 350 degree oven or maintain it at a very gentle simmer on the stovetop for two hours. Meanwhile, peel and cut the potatoes into quarters and place them in a bowl of water to prevent them from browning. Cut the carrots into large chunks. Peel the pearl onions and leave them whole or peel and quarter the Spanish onions. At the 90 minute point add all of the vegetables and garlic. Cook for another half hour or until the vegetables are tender. If it takes a little longer than two total hours that's fine. A little extra cooking time will not harm the meat. Add the chopped parsley just before service.

Deborah just posted these Cinnamon French Toast Cups over at her food blog! I HAVE to try these. I've been meaning to do the French Toast Cups anyway, and this cinnamon can you miss?

Cinnamon French Toast Cups

(makes 8)

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 fl. oz / 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 slices bread, cubed

Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F

Whisk the eggs with all the ingredients except bread. Once well combined add the bread and toss to coat. All the liquid should be soaked up.

Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray or butter 8 holes. Spoon the bread mixture into each muffin hole.

Bake for ten minutes until cooked through and slightly crispy on top. Glaze and serve.

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered/icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp milk

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Pour over toast cups.


  1. Mark's pot roast sounds delicious! I've never had any luck baking a pot roast. I've ruined so many, I'm afraid to keep trying. I'm might just have to try this one, though. MMM!

    If off to check out the French toast cups. Boy, those sound good, too!

  2. Those French toast cups sound awesome too!

  3. Both of the recipes turned out to be "keepers!" Big Brother enjoyed the French toast cups, though he suggested I add even more cinnamon. And the roast tasted fabulous.

  4. So glad you liked the cups Barb! I made them again yesterday... kids love them! :)



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