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I absolutely love cooking roast. I actually love cooking it more than I love eating it, but that’s beside the point. What I love more is adding fun ingredients and seeing what comes of it.

The Experimental Pot Roast

One Sunday while snowed in, I decided it was a perfect day to throw a roast in the oven. But I decided to throw some different things in and see what came out of it. Here’s what I added:

– Blend of spice including sun dried tomato
– Fennel seeds
– Fresh cracked pepper
– Garlic salt
– Roasted red bell peppers (from a jar)
– Jalapenos
– Red potatoes

Now granted the blend of spices I had is going to be slightly difficult to recreate, unless you have the exact fun spice container I have. But it proves a point you can about add anything you want to a roast depending on your tastes. If you happen to see “fun blends of spices” in the store, by all means grab it. They’re fun to play with, especially in things like roasts.

You would have thought this was a spicy roast, but it really wasn’t too bad. There was a little bit of a bite to it, but not much. It was a very subtle taste with these particular ingredients.  You can see some of the roasts we’ve done in the past on our easy pot roast recipe page.

Side tip:

If you have never cooked a roast before, you might be asking yourself, “how long do you cook a pot roast in the oven for?”. Well, there really IS no exact time, and it’s something you have to sorta check on. Roasts can be cooked for anywhere from 3 hours up to 8 hours. It depends all on the temperature you set it on, and how much time you have really. Normally I set it at about 325*, and have it done in 4 hours or so. If you go as low as 250, you can cook it for much longer and have a more tender roast.

Have You Done This?

If you have some really weird ingredients you’ve added to a roast, I want to hear about it! I’m all in favor of adding strange things for the sake of playing around with food, plus it gives me new ideas for stuff to add. Just comment below!

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Author Kara Kelso, also known as "The Idea Queen", has drawn inspiration from her eccentric family on since 2005. Raising a high-spirited girl, an Autism spectrum pre-teen boy, and a few random extras showing up for the food.
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