So this here’s a story a little pot roast that could. It was a good little pot roast. It had dreams of being more. And it was. It had dreams of being all dressed up in a balsamic sauce and being cooked in a crock pot along with his friends carrots, onions, and celery. Ok, kidding aside, because I am pretty sure that joking around about balsamic anything is a capital crime. Because balsamic anything is awesome and should be revered and coddled and loved and praised. I have posted my mother in law’s excellent pot roast recipe before and that is my go to recipe. If you have never made it, check it out here~https://cajunmamacookinblog.com/2013/06/17/tonight-is-a-roast-night/. Making that recipe is like putting on a comfortable pair of jeans, which ironically I find rather hard to do after eating a serving of pot roast and rice and gravy. ha ha! But the other day, I was scanning Pinterest and came across a recipe for their balsamic pot roast and thought, “oh my. that is a super idea. Big Daddy would love that.” You can see that post here~ http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2013/09/slow-cooker-balsamic-pot-roast-recipe.html. Well, continuing to scan Pinterest (see how I do that? I scan it. That makes me feel like I am not wasting time and I am not on Pinterest…just scanning, ya’ll…scanning. I can quit at anytime I want. Wait, I think that is what addicts say…oh my.) and I saw another recipe for regular pot roast by PW about her perfect pot roast. You can check that out here…http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/09/2008_the_year_of_the_pot_roast/. I could not decide which one to make. Pioneer Woman is always a safe bet because she knows her stuff. But I love those six sisters too. And, their pot roast had balsamic vinegar in theirs’, which kind of amps up the yummy a couple of notches. Plus, theirs was made in the slow cooker. I know you peeps love a good slow cooker recipe, so I took what I loved about both and combined them into one delightful, fantabulous, knock your socks off pot roast. You are welcome friends. I made a batch of mashed potatoes to go with that heavenly thick balsamic flavored gravy and also warmed up some of those Sister Schubert rolls aka they are worth it carbs. My baby boy can eat nearly the whole pan. I will add this…use one of those rolls to sop up that ridiculously good gravy and you will be in hog heaven. But I don’t have to tell ya’ll that, do I? No. Because if you are following my blog, you know all about the good stuff in life. Wink Wink! See what I did there? I gave you a compliment and me a compliment at the same. Because let’s face it. We both rock!! Now, on to this pot roast that I have been yammering on and on about. Is your mouth watering yet? Let’s get to it baby!!
Heavenly Balsamic Pot Roast
Stuff you need~
4-5 pound beef chuck roast
2 or 3 small onions (peeled and then cut in half from root to tip)
5 or 6 carrots, not peeled (PW says to maintain their rustic quality and I agree…damn good. Give it a try), just cut them into about 2 inch pieces, discarding the ends
3 stalks of celery, cut into 2 inch pieces
olive oil and a pat of butter
kosher salt and black pepper
2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (I used 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup balsamic glaze my mother in law gave me but I also saw it at World Market aka my mothership the other day just FYI)
1 cup tomato juice
1 can beef broth (reduced sodium)
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic or 3 cloves if you are going the “I chop my own garlic here me roar!!” route
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons warm water
What to do with the stuff~
Turn the heat under a big ole skillet to medium. Now, melt the pat of butter (about a Tablespoon if you need that measurement…you little control freak…that’s why we get along because I am one too so I get it!) and about 2 Tablespoons olive oil nice and warm. Now, add in only your onion . You want to get the onion lightly browned on one side and then with a pair of tongs, flip it to the other side and do the same thing…a minute or so on each side will do. Remove them from the skillet. Add in your carrots and give them a good toss in the olive oil/butter combo. About a minute or so is perfection. Good girl. Or boy. Now, put the little browned unpeeled, so rustic and lovely carrots in the plate with the onions and tell them to hang tight. Wait, what? You don’t talk to your food. Is that weird? Then I don’t either. Now, back to this lovely pot roast. Yes, yes, I am getting to that. Now, take that hunk of meat and rub it down with olive oil. Give it a good rub down on both sides. Now, season the mess out of that thing with good old kosher salt and black pepper on both sides. Now, I took some dried rosemary and sprinkled some of that on each side. Ok, now if your skillet needs more olive oil, add some because we are going to brown our roast. With a pair of tongs, place it in the still medium hot oil. Brown it on every side, about a minute or so each side. Flip, brown, flip, brown, got it? Ok. Remove that roast from the skillet and set it on a plate. Whisk in the beef broth and make sure to remove any little brown bits from the bottom of the skillet, pan, what have you. This is your gremille and it makes your gravy richer and just better. Let this kind of simmer a few minutes and then whisk in the tomato juice, garlic, and balsamic vinegar. Continue to let this luscious mixture simmer for a few minutes so the flavors can hang out and get comfortable with one another. They can make friends. When you are going to hang out in a crock pot for 6 or 7 hours, you want to get to know your tomato juice. Just saying.
Ok, now you are going to spray a 6 quart crock pot lightly with some cooking spray. Put your lovely browned roast in there. Toss the carrots, onions, and celery in there. Now, using caution so you don’t burn yourself, slowly pour the balsamic magic liquid on top of the meat and veggies. Now, cook on low for 7-8 hours. Your slow cooker may take longer, so add time accordingly. When you can stick a fork in the roast and twist and it falls apart, you are ready.
Now for the luscious gravy…yes you will want to do this. Skim as much of the fat off the top of the liquid as you can. Now, pour about 2 cups of the balsamic magic liquid into a medium sized sauce pan. Bring it to a low boil over medium low heat. In a bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until well combined. Whisk this into the balsamic liquid. Let it simmer for a few minutes until it thickens a bit. You will have some fabulous gravy ya’ll. Roll soppin worthy gravy. Spoon this liberally over the meat and the mashed potatoes. So. Dang. Good. Enjoy. Take a bow. Enjoy your moment in the spotlight because YOU are AWESOME!!!~AMB
Oh sweet little onions, I have big plans for you.
Carrots, unpeeled…carrots gone wild.
Sit there and look pretty my darlings
Giving my roast a lovely little seasoning rubdown.
Remember…brown, flip, brown, flip
Balsamic magic liquid
Ready to be more…ready to become a balsamic pot roast. MMMMMM
Ready to be covered in that lovely gravy. Mouth watering.