“Goop” Great Depression Dinner


In times of hardship, simplicity becomes a virtue, and resourcefulness in the kitchen becomes an art form. Inspired by the resilience of those who weathered the storm during the Great Depression, Goop presents a hearty and wholesome dinner that pays homage to the past while satisfying modern palates. Join us on this culinary journey as we recreate a meal that combines history, flavor, and comfort.


Ingredients: For the Main Course: Goop’s Depression-Era Pot Roast

  • 3 pounds chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Side Dish: Hearty Depression-Era Cornbread

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs

Instructions: For the Main Course: Goop’s Depression-Era Pot Roast

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C).
  2. Season the chuck roast with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large oven-safe pot over medium-high heat.
  4. Sear the chuck roast on all sides until browned. Remove and set aside.
  5. In the same pot, sauté onions and garlic until softened.
  6. Add tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Pour in red wine, scraping the bottom to deglaze the pot.
  8. Place the chuck roast back into the pot and add beef broth, carrots, potatoes, and rosemary.
  9. Bring to a simmer, cover, and transfer to the preheated oven for 3 hours or until the meat is fork-tender.

For the Side Dish: Hearty Depression-Era Cornbread

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C) and grease a baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, vegetable oil, and eggs.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cook Notes:

  • For enhanced flavor, consider searing the chuck roast on a cast-iron skillet before transferring it to the pot.
  • Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences.
  • Allow the pot roast to rest for 15 minutes before slicing for optimal juiciness.
  • Serve the cornbread warm with a dollop of butter for an extra touch of indulgence.


  1. Vegetarian Twist: Replace the chuck roast with hearty mushrooms and add extra vegetables for a savory vegetarian pot roast.
  2. Mediterranean Flair: Infuse the pot roast with Mediterranean flavors by adding olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and a hint of oregano.
  3. Spicy Kick: Incorporate chili powder or red pepper flakes into the cornbread batter for a spicy variation.

Keto Versions: For the Main Course: Keto-Friendly Pot Roast

  • Substitute potatoes with cauliflower florets.
  • Use a low-carb vegetable broth instead of beef broth.

For the Side Dish: Keto Cornbread Alternative

  • Replace cornmeal with almond flour.
  • Utilize a low-carb milk substitute.
  • Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese for a savory kick.

Low-Carb Versions: For the Main Course: Low-Carb Pot Roast

  • Reduce the amount of carrots and potatoes or substitute with lower-carb vegetables like bell peppers and zucchini.

For the Side Dish: Low-Carb Cornbread

  • Swap cornmeal with coconut flour.
  • Use a sugar substitute in place of traditional sweeteners.

In recreating this Great Depression Dinner, Goop invites you to savor the resilience, simplicity, and heartiness that characterized a bygone era. As we gather around the table, let the flavors transport you to a time when a good meal was not just sustenance but a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Whether you opt for the classic recipe, explore variations, or embrace the keto or low-carb adaptations, may this culinary journey bring joy, connection, and a renewed appreciation for the art of cooking.

Embark on this historical and gastronomic adventure, and let Goop’s Great Depression Dinner become a cherished tradition in your home. As we celebrate the past, we also embrace the opportunity to create new memories and flavors for generations to come.



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