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Slow-Cooked Pot Roast with Mustard & Horseradish Gravy

Servings: 4

A slow cooker makes this aromatic pot roast largely hands-off, but if you don’t have one, just follow the modifications at the end of the recipe. Serve over egg noodles or mashed potatoes, along with roasted root vegetables or sautéed greens.



  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut in half widthwise
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled, root trimmed but left intact, and sliced into 4 wedges
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 3 whole cloves or allspice berries
  • 1 cup homemade or low-salt canned chicken broth
  • 1 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (2-1/2 to 3 lb.)
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. brandy
  • 1/2 tsp. prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp. grainy prepared mustard
  • 2 Tbs. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 590
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 210
  • Fat (g): 24
  • Saturated Fat (g): 9
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 13
  • Cholesterol (mg): 200
  • Sodium (mg): 420
  • Carbohydrates (g): 10
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 67


  • Put the carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, and cloves or allspice in the bottom of a slow cooker crock. In a measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the broth, wine, and tomato paste to blend.
  • Set a large heavy-based skillet over medium high heat. Pat the roast dry with paper towels, rub both sides with the olive oil, and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Sear the roast in the skillet until a dark crust forms on one side, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn and sear the other side, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and put the roast on top of the vegetables in the crock. Add the broth mixture to the skillet, bring to a simmer, and scrape the pan bottom to loosen any browned bits. Pour the liquid over the roast and cover the crock; don’t stir. Turn the slow cooker to low heat; cook gently without lifting the lid until the roast is fall-apart tender, 8 to 10 hours.
  • Transfer the roast to a cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm. Strain the contents of the crock through a sieve set over a medium saucepan. Discard the solids. Skim the fat from the top of the strained liquid (or use a fat separator). Bring to a boil and then simmer rapidly until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Whisk in the brandy, horseradish, and mustard. In a small bowl, mix the flour into the sour cream, stir in a few tablespoons of the sauce, and then pour the sour cream mixture into the sauce, whisking vigorously to blend. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes to blend the flavors. Meanwhile, slice the roast thinly. Serve with the gravy and a sprinkling of parsley.

Pot roast without a slow cooker:

  • If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can still make this pot roast, just make the following modifications to the recipe. Heat the oven to 250° F. Sear the meat in a heavy Dutch oven or similar pot. Transfer the meat to a plate. Add the broth mixture to the pot and bring to a simmer. Return the meat to the pot and turn once to coat the meat in the broth. Scatter the vegetables and herbs around the meat, return to a simmer, cover tightly, and roast in the oven until the meat is very tender, about 4 hours. Check occasionally to be sure the broth isn’t bubbling too rapidly, and flip the meat if the top surface looks dry.
  • This recipe appears in Comfort Food: Soups, Stews & Pot Roasts, a recipe collection from the editors of  Fine Cooking. You’ll find recipes that are sophisticated enough to serve guests, plus new takes on classic American favorites.


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Reviews (19 reviews)

  • fonsea | 01/06/2020

    This roast recipe is so so delicious.
    When making the gravy I did not have flour and I did not miss it. Gravy was great as it was.
    So glad the oven instructions were included (250° F, 4 hours). I also placed my oxo silicone rack in the pot to elevate the roast.

  • DonBishop | 11/15/2018

    Satisfying. And easy. I added red potatoes to serve once done cooking and they were a bit soft, but still delicious. I added additional horseradish to the sauce and a bit more mustard. I was very happy with the outcome.

  • Krispie | 10/08/2018

    This was easy and delicious. I served with mashed potatoes and everything was gone. Next time I’ll keep the veggies and see how they taste, rather than discarding them. Great recipe.

  • Anatole | 03/04/2016

    Excellent recipe. Gravy has just the right balance of ingredients to present an interesting flavor without overwhelming the meat and accompanying noodles or potatoes.

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