Saturday, January 18, 2014

5 spice slow cooker pot roast

Here we are again in the deep dark depths of winter with short grey days, comfort food calls.  I love long slow cooked meat, that is really my comfort food, so on Sunday I had a lean beef pot roast that I wanted to cook for Sunday dinner and to make things even simpler I used the slow cooker. I wanted to inject some flavour and so decided to try cooking a pot roast with asian flavours, specifically 5 spice powder.

This fed 6

3lb pot roast
2 tablespoons of 5 spice powder
1 large onion sliced
2 garlic cloves sliced
thumb size piece of ginger finely chopped
1/4 cup of soy sauce
1/4 cup of mirin
small bunch of cilantro

Rub the beef with the five spice powder and a little salt.

Place the sliced onion in the bottom of the slow cooker.

Place the beef on top and add the remaining ingredients.

Put on the lid and cook on high for 4 hours or slow for 8.

Take the beef out and keep warm, pour the liquid and onions into a small pot skim off any fat and simmer until concentrated down.

When the the sauce has simmered down adjust for seasoning and thicken with 1 tablespoon of flour mixed with cold water, pour in and bring to the boil stirring constantly.

I served this sliced on top of rice.

Then poured over the sauce and garnished with a little fresh cilantro

This was delicious but there were 6 for dinner and they ate it all, so there were no left overs for lunch :(

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