One Saturday morning, I awoke to realize I had forgotten to take the Chuck Roast from the freezer. There was no way to make my planned Zesty Slow-Cooker Italian Pot Roast. Hubby so enjoys a good pot roast. Instead of kicking myself, I decided there was more than one way to cook a Chuck Roast.
Pulling my roast from the freezer, I jump started the thawing process in the microwave. I’m of the school that believes the microwave makes decent (not great, but ok) popcorn, can warm a cup of coffee and help thaw out dinner. Even then, you have to keep an eye on things. You can tell how much I value our tiny microwave by the fact that it sits on a shelf in the laundry room.
My roast was still partially frozen when I stuck it in my Instant Pot. Once again, it was fingers crossed and hope for the best. Once again, that beautiful Pot did not fail. Hubby was happy. Kiddo was impressed and I was thrilled. Love my Instant Pot.
Chuck Roast with Gravy
3/4 cup Beef Stock
2 1/2 lbs Chuck Roast
Black Pepper to taste
1/2 package Brown Gravy Mix
1 package Ranch Dressing Mix
1 envelop Dry Onion Soup Mix
2 tablespoons Wondra Flour
Additional Beef Stock if needed
Place the beef stock in the bottom of the Instant Pot, the place the roast on top. Lightly season roast with some black pepper to taste.
In a small bowl, mix together the gravy mix, dressing mix and soup mix. Sprinkle the mixture of the packages on top of the roast. Close the Instant Pot and lock it in place.
Press the Pressure Cook button and set for a 1 hour 45 minute cook time. Once the time is up, release pressure with the quick release valve. Carefully remove the roast from the pot to a serving platter. Wrap in foil to keep warm.
Put about 1/2 cup of the drippings from the pan into a jar with a tight fitting lid. Add 2 tablespoons of Wondra Flour to the jar. Screw on the lid tightly, shake to dissolve the flour into the liquid to create a slurry.
Pour the slurry into the pot. Place inside Instant Pot, press sauté and whisk for a few minutes while the gravy thickens. If the gravy should become too thick, thin with a little beef stock. Pour the gravy into a gravy boat and serve with the roast.
Serve with mashed potatoes and Thyme-Dill Carrots for a beautiful meal.