6.27.2006

Crockpot Casualty

You may have thought from the title that this would be the story of a recipe gone awry in the good ol' crock, but it isn't. It is actually about the crockpot (with a small bit of au jus and roast beef leftover from Sunday dinner at Auntie S's) flying onto the floorboard when I hit a HUGE puddle in a semi-flooded intersection during a terrific rainstorm on the way home Sunday night. In the rush to get the boys in their carseats during the deluge, I forgot to put the bag containing the crock down on the floor in the first place. When I saw the pond/puddle, I wasn't going more than 25 MPH, and I didn't hit the brakes because I didn't want to totally hydroplane or lose control, but that deep water slowed us down in a hurry. No one was hurt. Except for my good friend the crockpot. And I am also mourning the loss of that scrumptious, splash-happy jus.

So, in honor of the crockpot, who I love and will miss until I can find a replacement, here is the recipe for the last thing I ever made in him. It was good and easy to make, like everything in a slow-cooker. Enjoy.

Oh, and Husband (traveling edition), you already know I'm having the car detailed for Father's Day / your birthday, so just put this little post out of your mind and don't think about what beef juice smells or looks like after it's been locked in a car over a hot rainy night. I cleaned it the best I could in the continuing HUGE rain last night AND today, and I did take off the bay leaf that stuck to the lower dash...

French Dip Roast Beef

1 lean beef roast (3-4 pounds)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tsp. beef bouillion granules (or one cube)
1 bay leaf
5-6 whole peppercorns
1 tsp. dried thyme (my recipe also called for 1 tsp dried rosemary, too, but I didn't include it)
1 clove garlic, minced
a bit of Worcestershire sauce (just because I love it with beef...)
sliced onions if you like (didn't put them in this time around)

Hard rolls or French bread

Remove and discard all visible fat from the roast. Place in a slow cooker. Arrange onion sliced on roast. Combine soy sauce, bouillion and spices; pour over roast. Add water to almost cover the roast. Cover and cook over low heat for 10-12 hours or until meat is very tender. Remove meat from broth. Shred or slice meat. Serve on hard rolls or French bread slices with broth for dip. (I love a little horseradish and mayo on mine.) 12 servings.

P.S. A 1/2 mile later, we saw a mini-Cooper stopped in a similar puddle. (Calvin identified the car make and model before we were even upon it...that kid!) I'm pretty sure the bum of the lady in driver's seat was getting wet from water pouring in the bottom of her door while she waited for roadside assistance (which was there, but not moving very fast). Sad. It's supposed to stop raining by Wednesday. It really hasn't since the thunderstorm post...

17 comments:

Bright One said...

Oh my gosh that sounds so good! If I weren't leaving for vacation I'd be buying roast beef! YUM! It's now on my list : ) Thanks .... mourning your dead crock : ( but I look at every loss as an opportunity to shop : )

jessica said...

Are you in the middle of all the East Coast flooding? If so, I hope a broken crock-pot's the worst you're having to deal with.

And while Bright One looks at every loss as an opportunity to shop (which CRACKS me up, by the way), I prefer to look at them as you did... an opportunity for a really good blog post :) And I love the recipe elegy! Classic.

Moi said...

I would totally love it if my car smelled like au jus. My crock pot is so old, it is metal, and sadly, I couldn't get it to break if I wanted it to.

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Now you, too, can join the ranks of those of us who mark time by the stains on our car's carpet!

Love the recipe - want to try it. I made a roast this weekeend to share, too - mine had a happier ending, though.

My husband was in DC last night - he said they got 8 in. of rain in two days - whew! We are under water restrictions here, measuring it out in teaspoons for our dying flowers. Send it our way!

Angela said...

Your "Defense" to your husband cracked me up. Like he's blowing steam out his ears and nostrils over there in Molvania over beef juice and bay leaves in the car.

Your crockpot looks like mine. Well, mine's not cracked, so I guess that's not true. I still have a whole and functioning one and I'm making roast beef in it in the morning!

Tess said...

oh no! I broke my mom's once a long time ago, and never thought I'd hear the end of it.

Stephanie said...

Your recipe sounds HEAVENLY!

I offer you my condolences for the loss of the crock of your pot. Sad, sad story. :)

No Cool Story said...

Poor crock pot, may it rest in crock pot heaven.

I love roast beef, your recipe sounds great. I'll try it as soon as it's not so hot over here.

YUM! (upper cased for emphasis)

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

All I could think of was, YOUR POOR CAR! Glad to hear it will enjoy a nice bath soon. I really hate spilling a whole batch of food like that... I would've been near tears. Sounds like you held it together. :)

Your Husband (traveling edition) said...

Forget the crock pot. I know you should never speak evil of the dead, but having to throw out Auntie S's fabulous roast beef and the loss of the slow cooked Au Jus is the real tragedy here. Lets get some perspective people!

Code Yellow Mom said...

Husband, you are funny. I miss you. It was even more tragic because it meant I had to cook something new yesterday instead of enjoying the leftover fruits of the late crockpot's Sunday labors. Sigh. Sniff.

Thanks to everyone for your condolences!

Gabriela said...

Add my condolances to your crockpot as well! Thanks for your recipe! I'm going to try it soon.

"Grandi" said...

Once again "your husband (traveling edition)" has come through with just the right words! And not one word about the car! You are blessed with a truly good guy!!
The recipe sounds grand - I'll try it in my crockpot soon!

Nettie said...

I'm sorry about the loss of the crock pot AND its contents! I LOVE au jus, but my husband, not so much. This will have to be added to my list of recipes to make when he is gone working!

Sketchy said...

Oh what a sad story!! Love my crockpot and I'd be so bummed if it met an untimely end.

Thanks for the recipe though, can't wait to try it, I love french dip type sandwiches...yummy!

Oh and I'm so with you on the rain thing...its time for it to go away.

Morning Glory said...

A moment of silence, please.........

Angela said...

Dear Ms. Code Yellow,
I miss you. Now I know what you mean. Please come back. It's hard to laugh, cry, agree, be moved, be enthralled, and admire someone, all in one little reading, but your posts manage to do that for me, so please come back.
I promise I won't ever leave you again.