Autumn Essentials: Hearty Beef and Gravy

Andy Anderson !


This is a recipe that I make at the beginning of Autumn… When Summer begins losing its grasp, and cooler temperatures prevail.

There are a lot of ways that you could serve this dish. For example, in the last hour of cooking, you could add some carrots, potatoes, and celery to the gravy, but then you would have a beef stew; not beef and gravy. You could experiment with the seasonings and throw in some cayenne, paprika, cumin, etc. However, I prefer to keep the flavors simple and clean... Just like Autumn.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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4 - 6
15 Min
5 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot




  • 2 - 3 lb
    chuck roast, cut into 1-inch (2.5m) cubes
  • ·
    grapeseed oil, as needed
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

  • 4 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 3 Tbsp
    flour, all-purpose variety
  • 3 c
    chicken stock, not broth
  • 2 Tbsp
    crème fraîche
  • 2 Tbsp
    dry sherry
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

How to Make Autumn Essentials: Hearty Beef and Gravy


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Chef’s Note: I choose a chuck roast for this recipe because it is very flavorful, and it loves to be cooked low and slow. This recipe will be ready in 4 – 5 hours; however, if you choose a different cut of beef, the time may be longer.
  5. Season the beef with some salt and pepper.
  6. Add some grapeseed oil to a large pan, or heavy bottomed pot, over medium-high heat.
  7. Brown the beef in batches (don’t crowd the pan), adding more grapeseed oil as needed.
  8. Place the browned beef in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  10. Add three tablespoons of butter to a saucepan over medium heat.
  11. When the foaming subsides, add the flour, and whisk until thoroughly combined, about 1 – 2 minutes.
  12. Slowly add the chicken stock, and whisk until the mixture begins to thicken, about 4 – 5 minutes.
  13. Bring the mixture to a light boil, and continue to whisk for about 15 minutes.
  14. Reduce the heat to a simmer, add the crème fraiche, and final tablespoon of butter, and whisk to combine.
  15. Remove from the heat, add the sherry, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  16. Pour the gravy over the beef chunks, cover the slow cooker, and cook on low for 4 – 5 hours, or until the beef is fork tender.
  18. This recipe just begs for a nice pile of garlic mash potatoes; however, serve it anyway you choose, and don’t forget some nice crusty bread. Enjoy.
  19. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Autumn Essentials: Hearty Beef and Gravy

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: Heirloom

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