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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 Cooked Balsamic Pot Roast
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins
 

Slow Cooked Balsamic Pot Roast is perfect for an easy weekday or weekend dinner, WITH THREE DIFFERENT COOKING METHODS! Minimal work and maximum taste!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pot Roast
Servings: 10 serves
Calories: 398 kcal
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
  • 1-2 teaspoons vegetable stock powder or bullion powder
  • 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:
  1. 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.

  2. Add the onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, celery, vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, thyme, stock powder (or bullion) and 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). 

  3. Cook on high setting for 4-5 hours, or low for 6-8 hours, OR until meat is tender and falling apart, and the vegetables are soft.


  4. Taste test and add any extra balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, salt or pepper, until reaching your desired flavour. (We didn't need to add anything to ours. It was perfect.)

  5. Slice beef. Garnish with parsley, drizzle over the gravy and sprinkle with black cracked pepper to serve! ENJOY!

INTANT POT:
  1. 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).

  2. Add the onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, celery, vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, thyme, stock powder (or bullion) and 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.

  3. Change Instant Pot setting to 'manual' mode for 80 minutes on 'high' pressure.

  4. 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:
  1. Preheat oven to 175°C | 350°F. 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).

  2. Add the onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, celery, vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, thyme, stock powder (or bullion) and 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).

  3. Bring to a simmer, cover with lid and transfer to the oven. Roast for 3-4 hours, or until meat is starting to falling apart. 

  4. 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 Facts
Slow Cooked Balsamic Pot Roast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 398 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 584mg 24%
Potassium 962mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 84.2%
Vitamin C 17.2%
Calcium 6.7%
Iron 26.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.