Shira’s basic pot roast
2-3 onions, sliced and sautéed until caramelized
3 lbs roast, sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, oregano and possibly dried mustard.
3 carrots cut up
2 celery ribs, cut up
2 parsnips optional cut up
1 bay leaf
3-4 potatoes, quartered optional
1 cup broth, wine or water
Add salt and pepper to taste and near the end, I add crushed fresh garlic.
Place in crock pot. I put some onions on the bottom and some on the top. Cook for about 8 hours on low in the crock pot, or for 2 hours in a 350 degree oven (I use an oven bag).
This can also be put in the pressure cooker for 30 minutes to pressure. Heat the pot and sauté if desired the onions and vegetables. Bring to pressure and use quick release method to stop cooking. It is sometimes better not to use potatoes, and then add them at the end or stop the cooking at 25 minutes, add the potatoes and then bring to pressure for 5 more minutes. Otherwise, the potatoes can be too soft.
Lately, my family prefers the pressure cooker over other methods, but, it depends on what else is going on at the time.