Meet the Cook: It seems there aren't many beef roasts that are both extra-special and extra-easy. This one is, though. There have been many Sundays when I've put it in the oven as we're walking out the door to go to church and had no trouble getting it on the table right around noon.
Over the years, many men have requested that I copy the recipe for their wives. "I love the gravy!" they'll say.
My husband's a farmer, and we have five children - all of them now grown.
-Beverly Swanson, Red Oak, Iowa
Served with green beans, garlic mashed potatoes and seven-layer salad, this is the main course at my family's annual Christmas gathering. Even those who aren't fond of meat comment on its tenderness and flavor. Likely, since garlic goes well with everything, the sauce'd be good with pork or poultry besides. My husband and I have a 16-year-old son and a 15-year-old daughter.
-Beth Taylor, Chapin, South Carolina
A savory herb rub flavors this juicy roast that makes an impression every time my mom serves it for dinner. The creamy horseradish sauce adds a little kick to the crispy-coated slices of beef.
-Kerry Sullivan, Maitland, Florida
Bette Roman of Brookfield, Illinois won first place in a local recipe contest with this tasty roast. “It's great for just the two of us or for company,” shares Bette. “I usually serve it with baked potatoes and corn-on-the-cob.”
Beef chuck roast gives this classic sandwich and its rich broth a hearty flavor. Add a crusty roll and you have a filling meal. This is also a great "do-ahead" recipe that can be prepared several days before serving.
Her well-seasoned beef roast is so tender and juicy, Cynthia Gessner never has leftovers when she serves it. "My husband and our four boys, ages 5 to 20, clean their plates...down to the tiny diced vegetables," she notes from her home in Radway Alberta. "Try serving this with a side of sweet-and-sour cabbage."
"I made this roast for my husband's birthday party and everyone loved it," relates Shannon Jones of Trail, British Columbia. Enjoy the juicy roast for one meal and beat the clock another day by using the leftovers in the two recipes that follow.
Every time I fix this recipe for friends, it's asked for - and usually by the husbands! As a new mom (Mike and I are the parents of a 9-month-old son) who works full-time, I also like how easy it is to prepare. It's one of our favorites. Some people I've shared the recipe with have used a beef brisket in place of the regular roast. For a bit different taste, I at times add red wine vinegar. My mom started me cooking young. I made my first from-scratch Thanksgiving dinner at 13. After that, I figured I could tackle about any cooking!
-Georgia Edgington, Crystal, Minnesota