These are the ramblings of a self-described wheat, grain and gluten-free “gourmet girl” that loves to cook and eat good food. I love creating and sharing recipes and photographing “beautiful food”. In July 2012, I eliminated wheat, grains and added sugar from my diet and rediscovered real, whole fresh foods again and effortlessly lost 65+ pounds. Join me in my wheat, grain and gluten-free journey. See how easy it is to enjoy grain free gourmet, one meal at a time! Welcome to my blog. Enjoy!
This evening we had a really quick and simple dinner...courtesy of my crock pot! Usually I use a boneless shoulder pot roast and they always turn out "fall apart tender" and very flavorful. This time I decided to see how an eye of round roast would turn out in the crock pot. Eye of round is an extremely lean cut of beef -- it looks like a beef tenderloin -- but it's not even close to being like one. As a matter of fact the difference between them is like night and day. The tenderloin is an extremely tender cut of meat while the eye of round is a much tougher cut. I wanted to see how one would turn out in the crock pot (as in...could the crock pot transform this eye of round into the tenderness of a tenderloin). The answer was a big fat NO!!! LOL It was definitely not "fall apart tender" whatsoever. I wouldn't say it was tough either...but it was a bit drier than what you would typically expect to get out of a crock pot. I didn't follow any specific recipe...just sort of added things as I went along. I diced an onion and minced some garlic and placed it in the bottom of the crock pot. I then sat the roast on top and seasoned it with some salt, pepper, paprika and thyme and dumped a can of diced fire roasted tomatoes over the top which took me all of like 5 minutes to do. I covered it and then cooked it for about 9 hours on low. When I got home, I removed it from the crock pot and sliced it into thin slices and then topped it with the herbed chunky tomato "gravy". If I were to rate it against other pot roasts that I have made, I would probably give it a 7 out of 10. It wasn't tough (you could cut it with a fork)...but it wasn't going to fall apart either. While this roast made nice neat looking slices...personally, I am more of a "chunky, fall apart, not so pretty" pot roast kind of gal. I served the pot roast with the leftover cheddar topped broccoli from last night. Basically all I had to do was "slice and serve" for dinner tonight -- how awesome is that? I snapped a couple pics for you to see. Enjoy!