This delicious concoction took a lot of trust for me to attempt. Who on earth puts Coke into a gravy and then onto a roast? After searching the internet and realizing that every single recipe I came across had rave reviews about using a cola soda on roast beef, I had to try it. And it was meant to be; I actually had full-sugared Coke in the fridge, which is a rarity, usually if there is pop, its diet.
By the way, I was told once that the term “pop” can be a uniquely regional term for soda, so for those who aren’t familiar with it, if I talk pop, I mean soda or soft drink. By regional I also mean that every Canadian I know refers to it as so.
For this recipe I used a large, long sirloin roast, and this meal would safely feed 6-8 adults. I love the fact that its a one-roaster meal, is amazing to serve to guests and is incredibly easy! A tip for a better roast: if you leave it in the fridge for 2 days before serving, it tenderizes right up. This was the cheapest roast ever, but after two days i n the fridge, it melted in our mouths after cooking!
Now for the usual pretty pictures of food. The Coke beside the veggies is the very definition of incongruous, which means not harmonious in character or lacking harmony of parts. Or, simply put:
Good vs Evil
Oh my carrots, my bountiful, gorgeous carrots that we have been eating daily. We are going to sprout whiskers and start hopping. Which, coincidentally, as a rabbit owner, I know is a fallacy; they are NOT the best food for rabbits. But for the sake of a cliche, we’ll go with it.
Get a big dang roaster. Biggest you have. The one I use was a wedding gift, and one of my favorites still. It fits a turkey, it will cook this roast and enough veggies for 8 adults, the possibilities are endless. It’s a son-of-a-gun to find the space to store, but so worth it!
Chop up all the veggies you need, go big or go home! Fill it up! You’re feeding a horde! Or maybe not. But leftovers are very, very good. Throw in a few cloves of garlic as well, as many as you like. This is the beauty of this recipe, you can make it small, or you can make it large, there is so much sauce, plus water from the veggies that you don’t have to worry about anything drying out. Rarely is there a one roaster meal that you can serve at a dinner get-together.
Serve and enjoy! It has the traditional flavor of roast beef with a slight sweet flavor, just the right amount.
Check back to see what I made with the leftovers, I love when a meal stretches over two meals!
- 1 sirloin roast about 5 lbs
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 10 garlic cloves
- 7-10 cups of assorted chopped vegetables, potatoes, onions, carrots and celery
- 1 1/3 cups of full sugar Cola
- 1 can of mushroom soup
- 1 package of onion soup mix
- 1 package of gravy mix
- Preheat your oven to 350 ° F.
- In a large frying pan, sear the roast on both sides. Salt and pepper, then place into a very large roasting pan.
- Place the garlic and the chopped vegetables around the roast.
- Whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over the roast.
- Place the roaster lid on and place in the oven.
- Cook for 4-5 hours until the roast pulls apart nicely.
- Serve with vegetables.
- Serving Size: 1/8th of roast