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Slow-Cooker Pot Roast with Root Vegetables and Red Wine


Serves 6

  • by from Year-Round Slow Cooker

Like an Italian pot roast, this dish is enriched with sweet seasonal vegetables and red wine. It contrasts beautifully with polenta. Try to find a chuck roast, if you can; it’s fattier and more flavorful than a bottom round roast.

  • 3⁄4 cup fresh-squeezed, strained orange juice
  • 3 Tbs. minced garlic
  • 1⁄4 cup plus 1 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. dried sage
  • 1 3-1/2-lb. boneless beef chuck roast
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 10 grinds black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1-1⁄2 cups finely chopped Spanish onions
  • 3⁄4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 3⁄4 cup peeled and finely chopped carrots
  • 3⁄4 cup peeled and finely chopped parsnips
  • 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup red wine, such as Pinot Noir
  • 1 14-oz. can whole peeled tomatoes, with juice
  • 1⁄4 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, tied together with kitchen twine
  • cooked polenta, for serving
To adapt a slow-cooker recipe to a conventional oven, follow these guidelines: add more liquid, to accommodate for greater evaporation; bring the dish to a boil over high heat in a Dutch oven, then cover the pot and put in a 350°F oven. Plan on the dish taking roughly half the time to cook in the oven as it would in the slow cooker.

With a wooden spoon, mix together 1⁄4 cup of the orange juice, 2 Tbs. garlic, 1 Tbs. tomato paste, and the sage. Add the meat and coat it all over with the marinade. Sprinkle evenly on all sides with the salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, heat the butter in a 10-inch, heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat. When melted, add the onions, celery, carrots, parsnips, and the remaining 1 Tbs. garlic and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very soft and the vegetables are starting to take on a hint of brown, about 10 minutes.

Stir in the remaining 1⁄4 cup of tomato paste and the flour, and cook until the flour is no longer visible, no more than 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and add the wine. Return the pan to the heat, and raise the heat to high. Stir until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, the remaining 1⁄2 cup orange juice, the stock, honey, and rosemary, and boil for 5 minutes. Use a potato masher to gently crush the tomatoes, and stir the sauce.

Pour the sauce over the meat in the slow cooker, cover, and cook on low until fork-tender, about 10 hours (ideally, turn the meat over halfway through to cook it evenly). Remove and discard the rosemary, then use a large spoon or ladle to skim the fat off the surface of the sauce. Transfer the meat to a cutting board and cut off and discard the kitchen twine. Cut into chunks (the meat will be too tender to slice) and return to the sauce. Spoon the meat and sauce over the polenta.

Photo: Andrew Hugh Purcell

This was good. I agree with the other poster - it needed a good kick in the end. I added a splash of white vinegar, which worked. But I bet a stronger, spicier wine - maybe a zinfandel - might have done the trick as well. Also, probably needs a bit of salt in the sauce. I salted at the end but think it might have been better to salt in the beginning of cooking. Still, all in all, very tasty, and I suspect it will be even better the next day.

Amazing recipe. Probably the best pot roast we've ever made. Added a little Knob Creek whiskey which gave it some nice depth of flavor.

The oven route -350 for 5 hours, as suggested - is way too long - veggies all but disintegrated. Next time I will lower heat for oven or just do slow-cooker on high. Great flavor though!

Wonderful tasty sauce. I made it in a crock pot in the oven but kept the temperature down. Started at the suggested 350 for the first hour but then reduced it to 250. Melt in your mouth meat after 5 hours.

I had just started my pot roast when I looked at this recipe so I couldn't marinate the roast. However, I did follow the rest of the recipe and it was delicious. I've been making pot roast for a long time & this was the best. Loved the tomato paste, flour & wine that made the most delicious sauce. I did brown the pot roast first, like I always do. A keeper & next time I'll try the orange juice marinade.

I first reviewed this a year ago after a disappointing result and gave it a 3 star rating. Yesterday, after reading the other reviews, I made this again with a Whole Foods chuck roast and it was wonderful! Not sure what happened the first time - must have been the meat. This will be our "go to" pot roast recipe. It's great with the Lemony Polenta with Parmegiano-Reggiano.

This was very tasty, next time I will let it cook longer. We used the oven rather than the crockpot. Delicious sauce, we mixed 2 dry reds to add a kick of flavor & 2tbs of honey. Will make for thanksgiving and cook the night before to give the sauce more time to marinate the beef.

Contrary to the other review, my wife and I both found this recipe to be quite tasty. The only alteration I used was I pre made the polenta the night before, sliced it and fried it in some olive oil to make the outside crusty. The consistency of this dish was more of a stew, but it was still ideal to serve over the polenta. Gold star here!

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