Ann Wayne, Challenge 4
I was surprised to see Goose Island Oktoberfest Beer from Binny's Beverage Depot as one of the mystery ingredients this week. I am not a beer drinker, but I do love to cook with beer. I was not familiar with Nutty Infusions Salted Caramel Cashew Butter from NOW Foods but was super excited to try it. I liked how Pre Brands packaged the chuck roast so I could see both sides of the cut of meat to know exactly what I was getting. This chuck roast was a beautiful cut of quality lean meat and not fatty at all. I also liked how the back of the package gave separate directions for cooking this cut of meat low and slow in a slow cooker and a pressure cooker for a shorter time. I am very familiar with and love my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker, which I use every day. Why cook something slow for eight hours when it can be cooked fast and taste just as good if not better? I immediately thought of making a "melt in your mouth" pot roast in my Instant Pot. I love to use cauliflower as a "fake out" dish to get my family to eat more vegetables. It is naturally tasty and very healthy! Mock mashed potatoes are quick and easy and go great with pot roast.
I really liked the texture and flavor of the Nutty Infusions Salted Caramel Cashew Butter from NOW Foods. It had a nice scent and was perfectly balanced between sweet and salty. I used it to make delicious sandwiches for my children and as a dip for fresh-cut fruits. My family loved them all.
I made a "Melt in Your Mouth" Pot Roast in my Instant Pot and also included cooking instructions for the slow cooker. The Goose Island Oktoberfest Beer was an excellent tenderizer that brought out the natural juices and flavor of the chuck roast. The beautifully rich coloring of the beer created savory pan juices that would complement my homemade gravy made with the Nutty Infusions Salted Caramel Cashew Butter. I also made a Cauliflower Mash with roasted garlic, which enhanced the natural flavoring of the cauliflower. The Parmesan-Reggiano cheese added a nutty zest to pair with the homemade gravy.
My testers liked the pot roast, and all commented that it was tender and moist. They suggested the pot roast would also make a nice sandwich since the meat was soft to eat. My neighbor literally licked his plate clean! He loved the Cauliflower Mash with the roasted garlic. Everyone that tasted the pot roast was amazed it cooked in one hour and could be so soft, juicy, and full of flavor.
Overall, my dish is perfect for a Sunday supper or a cool fall day. Comfort food is like a warm and cozy hug.