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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Pot Roast/crock-pot

main dish, beef, casseroles

3 lb chuck roast; trimmed
1 pkg lipton onion soup mix
2 1/2 cup water
1 each med onion; sliced
1 each sm carrot; cut into 3 pieces
2 each celery; chopped
1 cup garlic
2 each sm red potatoes

I like to brown the meat and the veggies, it gives the gravy more flavor. It's not absolutely necessary though. Place the meat into the crockpot, then the veggies; sprinkle on the onion soup mix and pour water over the top. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender. Once the meat is done, if you want to thicken the gravy, remove the meat and veggies from the pot and place them on a serving platter. Mix together 2 tablespoons flour (I like Wondra Flour, it never need to mix with water) and 2-3 tablespoons water to make a paste; whisk the paste into the hot liquid until thickened. You may want to put the temperature on HIGH when you make the gravy. It might be hard to find a 1-1/2 lb roast but it's not impossible. There are only two of us and I always make a big roast and freeze the leftovers or make other dishes with it (burritos, noodle casseroles, enchiladas, etc). If I remember any other good ones I've tried, I'll be sure to pass them on to you. Good luck in your quest. FROM: ELLIE COLLIN (CMKD93F)