German Style Pot Roast

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Serves: 4-6
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4 lb pot roast
3-4 Tbsp flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
4 Tbsp butter
4 cloves garlic
1 large onion, sliced
12 whole peppercorns
5 bay leaf
12 whole allspice
1 pkg dry onion soup mix
1 Tbsp grated horseradish
1 c good rum or dry red wine
1 c water
small whole carrots or large carrots, quartered
1 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 c whole milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten

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Robin Moede Recipe
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Robin's notes for this recipe:
I made this for my mom, when she came to visit. She loved it. I used a pasta instead of the dumplings, but it was just as good.
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Use this recipe for either regular meat, buffalo or venison.
Mash garlic and saute in butter.
Add salt & pepper to the flour. Dredge meat in flour.
Brown well on all sides in butter.
Lay meat on bed of sliced onion in large dutch oven.
Add the butter, spices, onion soup mix and seasonings.
Pour rum or wine over meat.
A good pot roast will supply most of its own juices, but pour the water over to make an ample supply of gravy.
Cover tightly and simmer 4+ hours (until the meat is tender), either in oven or on the stove top.
If carrots are wanted, add during last 1/2 hour of cooking.
Add dumplings last 12 minutes.
In a bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, thyme and salt.
In a measuring cup combine milk and egg. Mix well and add to flour mixture. Stir with a fork to make a lumpy dough (do not overmix - lumps are fine).
Drop dumpling mixture, by the heaping spoon full, over meat. Should make about 12 dumplings.
Cover and simmer for 12 minutes or until tester inserted in center of dumpling comes out clean.
When roast is done, remove to a hot round platter and surround with dumplings and carrots.
Stir gravy until smooth.
Pour over roast.
If fresh dill is available, cut it over dish with lavish hand.
*If the gravy is too thin, make a roux with the leftover flour. Stir it into boiling gravy.
**You can also make this in a crock pot. Extend cooking time to 8 hrs. and cook the dumplings for about 25 minutes.

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user Robin Moede RAMoede - Mar 9, 2011
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user Robin Moede RAMoede - Jul 4, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
user Sharon McGaha skmcgaha - Oct 2, 2011
Sounds like it would be delicious, if I had a crock pot could I make it in that instead? Email me and let me know please I would like to try it and also how do you make the dumplings instead of noodles?
user Robin Moede RAMoede - Dec 10, 2011
Sharon, you could use a crock pot, but you need to cook it longer. I would cook it 6-8 hrs. For the dumplings, I just use Bisquik. Turn the crock pot up to high in the last half hour and cook the dumplings for 25 minutes.

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