Comfort Food For Dinner

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Last evening we had some dear friends over for dinner. Knowing that they had had a very emotional week,  I wanted them to really feel wanted and loved. When trying to decide what to make, I began to think of how I used to love walking in the door when I was growing up to the smell of a roast baking in the oven and the comfort I received at sitting down to a table that had all my favorites, roast and gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, green beans and hot bread. So that’s what I made last night. I tried something a little different with the roast and the bread and because both were scarfed up quickly, I knew I needed to share the recipes today.

Chuck Roast

1 (2-4 pound) chuck roast

1 tables oil

1 onion, sliced

1 package of brown gravy mix

1 regular size can cream of mushroom soup

1-2  tables (use 1 for a 2 lb but 2 tables for the 4 pound) Kikomon Soy Sauce

Preheat oven to 300. Heat the oil over medium heat in an oven proof baking Dutch oven and brown your roast on both sides. Sprinkle garlic powder (not salt) over each side of the roast before browning. Sprinkle 1 teas pepper over roast, after you have flipped it from browning on one side. Add 1 tables dried parsley over top of roast.  Place the sliced onion over the roast. Then sprinkle the Kikomon sauce over the top. Spoon the cream of mushroom soup over the top and then mix the brown gravy packet with 1 1/2 cups water; stir until blended, then pour over roast. Place in preheated 300 degree oven and bake for 4 hours. The last 2 hours, I cut up 5 carrots and placed in the pot.

When ready to serve, remove the meat and carrots and if gravy needs anymore thickening, add 1 tables cornstarch to 1/2 cup water, stirring until it is blended. Allow gravy mixture to get to a boil, over medium heat and stirring constantly, slowly pour cornstarch mixture into gravy and stir until thick. Pour into serving bowl. The gravy that this makes is so rich and oh so good.

Bread

Using 1 large can of Grand Biscuits, cut each biscuit into 4th’s. Melt 1/2 package of Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese with 1/2 stick butter in the microwave for 30 sec, or until melted. Stir to blend. Take each biscuit piece and roll in butter mixture; place in a lightly greased baking dish (I used a 11×7″  baking dish) and bake at 350 until the tops are golden brown. Serve immediately.

Am posting a picture of the cheese so you will know what to look for. It is found in the specialty cheese section of the grocery stores.

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