My mom is a lot of things.
She is the most compassionate person you have ever met. She will go out of her way to do something nice for someone that she just met 5 minutes ago. She’s the sweet lady that kids come up to at her office because she has candy for them in her desk. If a client is ill or is going through a hard time, she will be at their door with flowers.
She’s the biggest cheerleader you ever met, and she will give you the shirt off her back if you need it.
One thing she is not though, is a good cook.
If a holiday dinner is going to be at her house, we all take bets on how long it will be before the smoke detector goes off (because it always does). You can count on one hand her no fail tried and true recipes.
One thing she always does get right is her Pepsi Pot Roast. So as soon as I got married, it is one of the recipes I took with me.
Here is what you will need:
- A pot roast (the size depends on how many people you are cooking for)
- Dry, beefy onion soup mix (they come in a two pack)
- 2 liter of Pepsi
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- A bag of potatoes, and
- Carrots (if desired)
First take about 3 teaspoons of olive oil and place it in the bottom of your pan.
Turn the heat on High (or number 8 on my dial), and place the roast in the pan.
Once your oil starts to sizzle, you will want to cook your roast for about 3 minutes or until browned.
Flip it over and brown the other side.
Make sure to salt and pepper each side as it browns.
Once each side is browned, turn your heat to Medium Low (number 3 on my dial).
Then take one of your dry soup packets and pour it on top of your roast.
Next pour half of your 2 liter into the pot.
The acid from the Pepsi tenderizes your meat and give it a sweet taste.
The liquid should come up about halfway up your roast.
Top your pan with a lid, and let it cook for about 5 hours.
Then, peel your potatoes and cut them into halves or thirds, depending on the size, set them in the liquid, and let them cook for 30-45 minutes.
That’s all there is too it!
Super easy, and it never goes wrong!