Slow Cooked Balsamic Pot Roast is perfect for an easy weekday or weekend dinner! Minimal work and maximum taste happens underneath that slow cooker lid! | cafedelites.com
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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Pot Roast is perfect for an easy weekday or weekend dinner, WITH THREE DIFFERENT COOKING METHODS! Minimal work and maximum taste!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pot Roast
Servings: 10 serves
Calories: 398kcal
Author: Karina

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 pounds (2 kg) chuck roast or blade roast, boneless and trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 yellow onions chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic smashed with the back of a spoon (or 2 tablespoons minced garlic)
  • 1 pound (500 grams) baby potatoes, white or Yukon gold, (you may need to halve them if they are too large)
  • 4 large carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons crushed bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour (optional -- for a thick gravy)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley, to serve

Instructions

SLOW COOKER:

  • Heat oil in a large skillet or pan over high heat. Season roast with a good amount of salt and pepper. Sear on all sides until browned (about 5-6 minutes each side). Transfer roast to the bowl of a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Add the onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, celery, balsamic, mustard, brown sugar, thyme and bouillon. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix the stock together with the flour and pour into the slow cooker bowl (don't worry about any lumps, they will cook out). 
  • Cook on low setting for 8 hours, or until meat is tender and falling apart and the vegetables are soft.
  • Taste test and add any extra balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, salt or pepper, if needed.
  • Slice meat, garnish with parsley and drizzle with gravy.

INTANT POT:

  • Season roast with a good amount of salt and pepper. Heat oil in the Instant Pot and set to 'Saute'. When oil is hot, sear on all sides until browned (about 4-5 minutes each side).
  • Add the onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, celery, balsamic, mustard, brown sugar, thyme and bouillon. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix the stock together with the flour and pour into the slow cooker bowl (don't worry about any lumps, they will cook out). 
    Place lid on Instant pot with steam valve closed.
  • Change Instant Pot setting to 'manual' mode for 60 minutes on 'high' pressure.
  • When time is up and cooker beeps, turn off and allow pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, use the quick pressure lever to release any remaining pressure. Carefully remove lid and transfer roast and veggies to a warm plate.

OVEN:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Heat oil in a dutch oven or heavy based oven-proof pot over medium-high heat. Season roast all over with a good amount of salt and pepper. Sear until brown on all sides (about 4-5 minutes each side).
  • Transfer roast to a plate. Sauté garlic for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the stock and balsamic vinegar to deglaze your pan, scraping up any browned bits. Whisk in the flour and let cook for about 4 minutes (don't worry about any lumps, they will cook out).
  • Add the onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, celery, mustard, brown sugar, thyme and bouillon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a simmer, cover with lid (or foil) and transfer to the oven. Roast for 4 hours until the meat is tender and falling apart. 
  • Transfer the roast, carrots, and potatoes to a warm plate. With a spoon, skim the fat off the surface of the cooking liquid. Cut the roast into thick slices, and serve with the vegetables. Pass the pan juices separately.

Nutrition

Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 962mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4210IU | Vitamin C: 14.2mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 4.7mg