Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Yummy Potroast.....

So we went to the Jonas Bros. concert last night witht he kids (yea...don't ask....but hey...I used to love New Kids On the Block just as all these tweens love these boys!) so I made the pot roast tonight....can I just say yummy! This clay pot from Germany (that is mostly used to bake chicken) is amazing for pot roast. Even my 10 year old son gobbled it up! go to this cool site and buy one....they're amazing (and last forever!) and you don't need to add any oil or fats....it makes everything so tender and if you use good spices....the flavors are just amazing!

Directions for Use & Care

(from fantes.com) (also has some recipes to follow direction on the site)

Always soak the lid in cold water. The first time you use it, soak both the top and bottom for 30 minutes. Prior to subsequent uses, a 10 minute soaking will be sufficient. Soaking the bottom is not necessary after the first use.

Place the roaster in a cold oven, then set the temperature. (In gas ovens, turn to low heat after placing the roaster in the cold oven, and after 10 minutes turn to the temperature shown in your recipe.)

The lid is not tight fitting, to allow excess steam to escape, adjust the pressure within the pot, and facilitate browning of foods.

Do not add cold liquids during cooking time.

Foods brown with the lid on. Pre-browning is not necessary and basting is eliminated. If you want extra browning, just remove the lid the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking.

Since oven temperatures vary and cooking times are affected by many factors (cuts, thickness of meat, etc.), check the food for doneness when first using your Glazed Schlemmertopf, to learn what to expect during future uses.

To keep it in top condition for many, many years, take care not to temperature-shock it by moving it from one extreme temperature to another. Use mitts or pot holders to move it when it is hot, and place it on a trivet, mat or folded dishtowel when moving it out of the oven.

Clean the bottom (glazed) part of the roaster with hot water, using a mild detergent. The bottom (glazed) part can also be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Clean the top (unglazed) part of the roaster using only hot water. If you must, add a drop or two of mild detergent. Do not use abrasives or scouring pads to clean the lid, and do not put it in the dishwasher.

Don't use the Schlemmertopf on an open flame or hot cooking plate. It is designed for oven and microwave use only.

I used a 2 1/2 pound beef roast and again...all I added was one large onion (cut into big chunks)...salt and pepper to taste (make sure you use enough salt...meat with no salt has no flavor!!!)...two sprigs of rosemary....4 cloves of garlic and 1/2 cup of red wine (I used a pinot noir...and remember don't use a wine that you wouldn't drink in cooking....make sure the wine is good!) I baked at 400* for 2 hours. You can add other veggies too like carrots...mushrooms....potatoes...etc...I just like to cook them seperately bc I don't like them too mushy. When you get your pot make sure to read all the directions and then start trying all your favorite recipes in it bc it really is a great way to make healthier meals that taste great!

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