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Slow Cooker Cross Rib Roast and my first time making Yorkshire pudding

I rarely use my slow cooker but this organically raised beef cross rib roast neededr longer cooking with moist heat. By the way, I won this slow cooker from cookbook author, foodista and blogger Julie at Dinner with Julie in Calgary. That was shortly after moving into my house five years ago. Sorry Julie, I have hardly used it. However, I do love it to make stock.

Celery is finally taking its place on the dinner plate. Why not? It's tasty, nutritious and cheap!

This is my first attempt at Yorkshire pudding. The batter is easy enough to make but I believe the technique is in the preheating of the muffin pan. And possibly in having just the right consistency of the batter. I used rendered fat. My freezer container wasn't labelled so not sure if it was chicken or beef or ? Whatever it was it was flavourful.

Mine were fine but I would have liked to see them rise higher. Perhaps the oven should have been hotter. Or perhaps I used a bit too much flour. Still, I enjoyed them smothered in pan gravy with my beef roast.

Garlic Herbed Cross Rib Roast

Cross rib is a less tender cut and lean. It requires a long moist cooking method to tenderize it. After rubbing the meat with oil and herb mixture, sear it in a hot cast iron pan before cooking fully in the slow cooker.

3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon each of dried rosemary, oregano, sage,  thyme and coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
camelina oil
2 - 3 pound cross rib roast
1/2 cup red wine
1/2 cup beef stock

1 tablespoon flour

Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.

Mix herbs, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Blot meat with paper towel and then rub with oil before pressing the herb mixture onto it.

Add a tablespoon of oil to the preheated pan and sear the meat on all sides.

Place meat in slow cooker. Add wine and water to the cast iron pan and scrape up all the tasty bits. Add this to the slow cooker and cover with lid. Cook on high for 4 hours.

Add the potatoes, cut into 2-inch cubes or use baby potatoes. Wash celery and peel the stringy side. Cut into 4-inch pieces. 30 minutes before the meat is done add potatoes and celery. Also add flour to a quarter cup of cold water and add at the same time.

Yorkshire Pudding

1 heaping cup of all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 eggs
6 teaspoons of lard, butter, rendered fat or oil

Add all ingredients to blender and process until smooth. Leave at room temperature for an hour.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Place muffin pan in the oven to preheat it, as well. After about 10 minutes add a teaspoon to each of six muffin molds. Continue to preheat for another 5 to 10 minutes.

Pour batter into each muffin mold equally and bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden.
Serve immediately.


  1. I made Yorkshire Pudding for Christmas about 4 years ago, for the first time. We all enjoyed it, so now it appears with every standing rib roast.

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