Slow Cooker Italian Pot Roast
We were making a split second decision to head to Kingston for the day, but I knew we would be back by dinner time (and would want to eat!). I already had a venison roast thawed and ready for a supper in the fridge (from cleaning out the freezer, and realizing we needed to eat some meat), but with no time to spare, I quickly put this together, and headed out the door. It turned out sooooo good!
Slow Cooker Italian Pot Roast (Using Venison)
1. Heat 2 tbsp of oil, and 1 tbsp of butter in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
2. While the oil is heating, add to your slow cooker the onion, carrots, cloves of garlic, and potatoes . Sprinkle seasoning over the veggies.
3. Sprinkle one side of the roast with salt and pepper. Once oil/butter is hot, carefully place the roast (salt and pepper side down) into the pan. This process is called searing, and helps the roast stay moist by sealing in the juices. The point here is not to cook the roast right through, but to give the outside a beautiful brown colour.
4. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each side of the roast as you turn the roast to all sides to get each side browned.
5. Using tongs, or 2 spoons, lift the roast from the pan, and set into the prepped slow cooker.
6. Pour tomato sauce over roast and veggies, turn slow cooker to low, and go about your day!
7. A venison roast will require (to be really tender, and not too gamey) about 7 hours on low. It will be 'done' sooner than that, but it gets more tender the longer it slow cooks. A regular beef roast will only take about 5 hours on low, but again, the longer it slow cooks, the more tender it will be. Mine got to cook for 9 hours because we were gone a looooong time!
8. Once the roast is ready, remove from the slow cooker to a cutting board, and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. While it's sitting, get the carrots & potatoes out of the slow cooker using a slotted spoon. Place into a bowl, and put foil on top to keep them warm. Then, slice the roast across the grain, and place back into the crock pot so the juices keep it moist.
9. To serve, simply put some meat on your plate, and spoon on the 'gravy' (the tomato sauce from the crock pot) over it! Don't forget your carrots and potatoes!
I am using deer meat not really because I like it that much, but because my freezer is full of it! My husband and his friends hunt, and "meat share". So, if any of the guys get anything, they share the meat with everyone in the hunt camp. If prepared correctly, it can be a very nice meat. This roast did not have a lot of gaminess to it at all because of being slow roasted with the tomato sauce. It was tender, flavourful, and all around yummy!
How do you feel about deer meat, have you ever had it? Do you know of any great venison recipes I might like to try? Do share! Hate venison? Try this with a regular roast, you won't be sorry! :)
1/8/2014 12:23:32 am
Sounds yummy! I have done pear and maple venison steaks in the fry pan that were delicious!!!!
1/8/2014 09:57:36 am
That sound delish! Pass the recipe on! :)
1/8/2014 10:43:58 pm
It is one of those recipes with no recipe...just kinda changes each time lol, not much help though I'm sure. I usually just fry up the steaks in a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper then add maple syrup and slices of pear, skins on or off changes each time I make it. And let them simmer/soak up flavour a while.
1/8/2014 09:38:04 pm
The only thing I've ever had was venison jerky… my boss made me eat it before she told me what it was ahaha
1/10/2014 11:13:29 pm
Haha! Well, what did you think before knowing what it was?
1/10/2014 12:33:53 pm
I love that your freezer is so organized. I make venison meatballs a lot with a old family recipe from my moms nonna that I tweaked using venison instead of beef. I also make Shepards pie with it and use sweet potatoes instead or mixed with the regular ones.
1/10/2014 11:14:55 pm
Yum, good ideas. Is your meatball recipe a secret also....(hint hint)? :)
2/28/2023 08:32:46 am
LOVE venison! Will take any and all meat I can get my hands on. I was only able to get one package of ground venison this year, so it was made into chili. My favorite thing I ever made with venison was osso bucco from the shank.
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