Saturday, December 4, 2010

No Defrost Roast Recipe (or How to Quickly Cook a Roast When You Forgot to Defrost It! )

Most of my families favorite dishes are the result of experimentation.  That translates into - Most of my family's favorite dishes are the result of me screwing up somehow.

Our favorite roast is prepared like this ~

1) Forget to take the roast out of the freezer the night before (Do some people really plan what to cook the next day?  Doesn't that take away the excitement of it?)

2) Forget to take the roast out of the freezer first thing in the morning  (I meant to but I had 6 daycare children poop their pants at once and it distracted me causing me to forget again)

3) At 10:00 am have husband ask "What are you planning on feeding these guys (daycare kids) for lunch?"
4) Have an "OH SH*T" moment in your head.  Remain outwardly calm and say "Roast"

5) Set the oven to 450 degrees, (500 degrees if you are feeling really rushed), then quickly run to the freezer and grab out the largest roast you can find. About 3 lbs should work.

6) Put roast in a pan that has a tight fitting lid.  Season with Cavendars Greek Seasoning or salt and pepper. 

7) Throw a few onions in (peeled but not necessarily diced - takes too much time) 

8) Dump a can of  Coke or Pepsi in if you have some on hand. 

9) Pour a little soy sauce into the liquid  (A couple of packets leftover from your favorite Chinese take out place will suffice)  Just for the heck of it sprinkle some more salt and pepper over the whole mix. 

10) Put that baby in the oven with extreme outward confidence

11) About 1 hour into the process (or less if you begin to smell a burnt sugar smell - which would be the Coke reduced down to burnt sugar in the pan) check the roast quickly to make sure there is an adequate amount of liquid.  If you are cooking a fairly marbled piece of meat, there should be enough fat/drippings to cover halfway up the roast.  If not, you will need to add a little water (make it hot water so you are not slowing the cooking process much).

12) Check your roast again at 1 and 1/2 hours.  It should be done between 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours.   

13) Serve and sit back and enjoy the compliments!  When your husband says, "This is the best roast I've ever eaten, it's soooo tender" just smile and say "Yeah, I meant to do that".

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