Date Night Dishes...
Deck The Halls
Add a little romance this year while you decorate for the holidays with this merlot and apricot pot roast recipe. Mix up a few warm cocktails and deck your halls with all the joys of the season. If your date isn't overly excited to decorate, be sure to have mistletoe on hand and perhaps a frosty beer.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Get festive with your next date night and plan a fun evening around decking the halls. Head to the tree lot or pull the plastic one out of the box, fire up a pot of spiked hot chocolate and turn on some Christmas music. If your date is anything like my husband, he'll cringe at this idea. Push through the rolled eyes and slightly bad attitude because there is something about that music and all those ornaments that will start to turn even the worst Scrooge into a jolly soul. Christmas has a way of bringing up past memories and reminding us all of when we were children. Before you know it, you'll both be singing along to the classic Christmas carols.
After all your efforts and your date's willingness to participate, a delicious warm meal is in order. A hearty pot roast bubbling away in the crock pot is the perfect accent to a night filled with Christmas joy. Cooking would interrupt any progress you were making with the tree, so let the slow cooker do the work with this merlot and apricot pot roast recipe and stop for a bite when you are ready for a break.
Merlot and apricot pot roast
- 1-1/2 cups merlot
- 2 heaping tablespoons apricot jam
- 1 cup chopped dried apricots
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- 4 small red potatoes
- 2 cups sliced Portabello mushrooms
- 1 shallot
- 1 London broil steak
- In a small bowl, combine merlot, soy sauce, garlic powder, salt, pepper and dried apricots.
- Chop potatoes into chunks. Slice the shallot into small pieces. Pour potatoes, onions and mushrooms into the bottom of a slow cooker.
- Salt and pepper both sides of the meat. Place it on top of the vegetables and pour the merlot mixture over the top. Pour beef broth over the top until it covers the top of the meat.
- Cook in a slow cooker on high for six hours or on low for eight.
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