The Dish Behind the Dish
Have you ever had a craving for a comfort dish from your childhood – but with a twist? Sometimes it’s healthier. Sometimes it’s just substituting ingredients for taste. There’s usually something warm and fuzzy that makes you yearn for that food again in the first place. The feeling you had when you ate it. The memory of family sitting around the dinner table talking about the day – usually after church, or maybe it was the onset of a changing season. That’s how this recipe for Mexican Pot Roast with Sweet Potatoes came to be – well, that and a visit from my boyfriend, Greg, who is as much a foodie as I am, and who loves spicy food almost as much as football. Well, that might be overstating it, but not by much.
You know how it is, girls! It’s not that I didn’t like football. I had just never watched it. I really had no idea (and still don’t for the record) why men find entertainment in watching grown men pound each other time after time. I also couldn’t fathom why all that aggressiveness went on to get such a short distance on the field. Made no sense to me. But for the sake of true love, and because I am lucky enough to have a wonderful guy in my life who does anything new I ask him to do, it was time for me to mentally wrap my mind around watching a game of football! I have to say, it took all week for me to mentally prepare for it, but I did it – and dare I say, I liked it!
Just a tip, girls, if you’ve never watched football but you have a man you want to share that with, I recommend watching the Denver Broncos play first! There is nothing better than watching Peyton Manning, their quarterback, get the football and know without a doubt that when he throws it (a lot of times without even looking first), his teammate will be there to catch it! Their teamwork and connection as a team is certainly entertaining to watch – even if you think you hate football! I actually look forward to snuggling on the couch with some kind of tasty snack on Sunday night to watch the Broncos! Of course, snuggling with my sweetie is the main ingredient in that scenario considering I don’t watch football if he isn’t around! But I do look forward to sharing that with him.
The weekend of this recipe was going to be a little nippy so I had decided earlier in the week, since he was coming, to start with a pot roast and end the weekend with a typical vegetable soup. You know the drill. You start with a roast, potatoes, carrots, onions, and broth. You then take the leftovers and make soup by adding more stock and veggies. To stick with tradition (and save time), my original plan was to put it all in a slow cooker - until I realized I had loaned it out and it hadn’t made its way back! So, for this recipe we’re really going back to grandma by baking it in a roasting pan! I know what you’re thinking. Just take a deep breath and preheat your oven to 325 degrees. It’ll be alright. I’ll talk you through it, but for those of you who consider a slow cooker a part of your family, you can make the recipe in the morning on game day and it will be perfect in your slow cooker after 8 hours on low! See, I wouldn’t leave you hanging!
What started as a very basic, family-style pot roast ended up being spiced up for a chilly fall football weekend with my sweetie! After we enjoyed the roast (and the soup), we decided it was definitely worth making again. It’s nice to make new memories with old favorites. This particular crisp fall weekend started with a spicy idea, my neighbor’s boys coming over to play games on Greg’s iPad, but ended with just a nice, quiet spicy pot roast dinner for two on my balcony. And football. All things that particular weekend were absolutely DELISH!
Click here for the printable recipe for Spicy Mexican Pot Roast with Sweet Potatoes
Another Tip: If you go the Mexican Pot Roast recipe, you’ll find a Bonus Recipe for the Sweet Potato Bisque at the bottom! They’re both super DELISH!