Pot Roast with Porcini Mushrooms (Stracotto)

December 10, 2013 · 7 comments

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I don’t really care when it “officially” starts. In my mind, it’s winter. I know this because as I was going to work this morning, I looked at my phone and it told me the “feels like” temperature was -12. It should have also told me, “Do not leave your house in this crap.” But it didn’t. Maybe I need a fancier phone.

Weather like this calls for extreme comfort food. For me that involves mashed potatoes (always), pastas, sauces, tender meats, and soups. This  meal includes several of those categories, making it a surefire winner, especially this time of year.

This recipe is  not originally intended for a slow cooker, but since slow cookers excel at taking large cuts of meat and making them fall-apart tender without you actually having to be there, it worked perfectly. I served this over mashed potatoes with a side of sauteed spinach, but you could just throw potatoes and vegetables in with the meat to make it more of one-pot meal. The mashed potatoes were mashed with goat cheese, though, and I have a hard time not finding time for those, you know?

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Erica @ In and Around Town December 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

Agree – when the snow is falling and its freezing, it is definitely winter! This meal looks perfect for these cold nights we are now having often!


Kate December 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

I decided it was winter on my morning run yesterday. It was 46 degrees, and was obviously colder overnight because there was still frost covering the ground!


Joanne December 11, 2013 at 5:22 am

-12?!? I would have totally stayed indoors. After yesterday’s cold snow its unclear that I will ever leave the apartment again.


Courtney December 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm

This looks gorgeous! Also, I could not handle that cold. There’s no way.


Ivy December 13, 2013 at 5:46 am

I doubt if I could survive -12F!!! That beef looks amazingly tender and the flavours sound delicious!


Annie January 7, 2014 at 11:54 am

This sounds so good Elly! And kudos on getting a good pic of pot roast. It has to be one of the worst subjects ever.


Angie March 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Made this again tonight. It is definitely still pot roast weather!


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