Tonight is game night, and in that spirit, I am preparing a special dinner. I love cooking. I love making something with my hands, having the result when you’re done, and watching people eat it up and ask for seconds.
Tonight’s recipe is quick, easy, and cheap. Plus, it feeds a ton of people. The only thing you need that you might not have is a crock pot. You can get these in the housewares department of your choice.
(Here is one from K-Mart for ten bucks. Well worth the investment.)
Trust me on this, you’ll want one. A crock pot is the Lazy Man’s Oven.
So, without further ado, tonight’s recipe: Coca-Cola Pot Roast!
The actual work you do is about 10 minutes. The slow-cooking crock pot does most of the work.
* 1 1/2 cups Coca-Cola
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1 (4 lb.) bottom round roast or other pot roast
* 2 T. vegetable oil
* 12 ounces chili sauce or ketchup
* 2 tablespons worcestershire sauce
* 2 tablespoon hot sauce (I use Tobasco)
* 2 cups frozen peas
* 2 cups minute rice
* 1 teaspoon of honey
Combine salt, pepper and garlic powder; rub over surface of roast.
Brown roast on all sides in vegetable oil in heavy pan or dutch oven. Drain off drippings.
Put roast in crockpot Combine remaining ingredients and pour over roast. Put roast in crockpot Combine remaining ingredients and pour over roast. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours, until meat is tender.
About five minutes before serving, prepare the rice and peas as directed on their respective packages. Mix rice and peas together.
*SECRET INGREDIENT!* I like to boil my peas with a teaspoon of honey thrown into the water. It gives them a subtle and sweet taste.
Slice roast and put strips over rice and peas.
The ingredients cost me about $20. Remember, this recipe feeds about 8 people. If you’re feeding a smaller group, you need a smaller roast. A good guage for what size of roast you need is about 1/2 pound per person.