Pot roasts are done when a long-handled fork can be inserted into the thickest part of the roast easily. If the pot roast is cooked until it falls apart, the meat is actually overcooked and will be stringy, tough and dry.
This easy pot roast is wonderful family fare and a favorite to serve guests. I serve it with noodles or rice. I owe my love of creative cooking to my late mother, who was a professional cook. —Judy Poor
Overland Park, Kansas
After our children grew up and left home, it was hard to cook for only two people. Now I've found a few tricks to make things easier. (Leftovers of this pot roast would be scrumptious in the Italian Beef with Mushrooms recipe at left.)
I prepare this delicious main dish several times a month. The herbs and vegetables give the beef an excellent taste. My husband, Jack, a real meat-and-potatoes man, even enjoys the leftovers, which isn't always the case with other dishes.
-Christel McKinley, East Liverpool, Ohio