No matter how you slice it, pot roast makes a perfect meal, whether it’s for company over the weekend or a rushed weeknight with the family. The only trouble is that your basic pot roast treatment may get a bit boring. Adding a layer of grated Parmesan cheese that turns into a delectably flavorful crust is just what you need to shake up your dinnertime routine.
The step of searing the meat before putting it in the slow cooker may seem tedious, but it serves an important purpose. Browning the outside of the meat caramelizes the natural sugars, giving the dish deep flavor. It also seals in the meat’s juices. But if you want to just put the roast straight into the slow cooker, that's OK too. Just skip the second step — and you can leave out the vegetable oil.