I've lived on a farm all my life, and this is one of our favorite meals. My family and the rural community in which we live have a strong German background. This Bavarian roast is a special treat and makes the best gravy!
I ALWAYS looked forward to Sunday dinner at my grandparents' house, because Grandmother was the best cook anywhere.
All her meals were delicious, but I especially loved dinners featuring this savory pot roast. It's wonderful with garden-fresh vegetables on the side and a dessert made with apples.
-Frances Wilson, Tulsa, Oklahoma
WHEN I was married 45 years ago, my mother gave me this recipe. I always prepared this dish when we had company because it never failed and was so good!
Through the years, it became one of my family's favorite meals, and now I still often fix it for just the two of us. Whenever I do, my husband and I get to enjoy the bonus of leftovers!
-Emma Nye, New Oxford, Pennsylvania
Daddy was a close friend of the local butcher, Mr. Mason, who always saved the preferred cut for his best customer! To please Daddy, that roast had to be big enough so he could count on leftovers for cold beef sandwiches the following week. —Mary Lewis, Memphis, Tennessee
This isn't really an ethnic dish...we named it "Bohemian" because my husband is of Bohemian extraction—and he loves this pot roast! I love it, too, because it's so easy to prepare and serve. You can put this "meal in one dish" together to cook, then practically forget about it until dinnertime. Coleslaw is a great accompaniment.
Meet the Cook: Many pork recipes were too spicy for me, so I decided to try this sweeter alternative. That was 18 years ago, and it became a family favorite. It tastes great the day after in a cold sandwich, too.
Today, our two daughters make this roast often. We also have eight grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
-Madeline Strauss, Clinton Township, Michigan
Meet the Cook: We're ranchers who live 23 miles from any town. Anyone who's here at mealtime gets fed! When I'm having a special couple out, I like to fix something like this. Face it, men love to eat - and we gals don't do a bad job of it either!
My husband and I have eight children and 17 grandchildren.
-Shirley Creamer, Lamar, Colorado
When I was newly married, I was very interested in cooking, so I started to collect recipes. My new sister-in-law's mother sent me her family's favorite chicken recipe, and I knew it was destined to be a favorite in our household. The delicate flavor of lemon makes this dish great. —Elisabeth Garrison, Elmer, New Jersey
Even though Connie Lou Bommers can't lay claim to Irish ancestry, this Pella, Iowa subscriber calls St. Patrick's Day one of her favorite holidays. "Everything about it is so festive," she enthuses, "especially the food." Connie shares the dinner she prepares, starting with this succulent corned beef recipe. "Aside from Christmas, it's the meal we most enjoy," she affirms.—Connie Lou Blommers, Pella, Iowa
Just right for an endearing February 14 meal is this lovely looking roast from Linda Ault of Newberry, Indiana. (The pretty potato roses, carved by Crafting Traditions' kitchen experts, provide an inviting hearty complement.) Linda writes it's a favorite with her family—so add it to your all-year recipe file as well!