Autumn Essentials: Slow Cooker Roast w/Veggies

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Andy Anderson !

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@ThePretentiousChef

This dish has a bit more work on the front end, because we will be making our own cream soup base, and dry onion spice mix. In truth, it only adds about 20 minutes to the recipe preparation.

Once the prep is complete, you just throw it in the slow cooker, and 8 hours later, you have tender chunks of tasty roast, and perfectly seasoned veggies. I only hope you can wait that long.

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

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Serves:
6
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
8 Hr
Method:
Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • PLAN/PURCHASE

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    cream soup base, more on this later
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    sweet butter, unsalted
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    grapeseed oil
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    white or brown button mushrooms, stemmed & thinly sliced
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    chuck roast, nicely marbled
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    carrots, peeled, and cut into chunks
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    red potatoes, cut in half, or quartered
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    dry onion spice mix, more on this later
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
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    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

How to Make Autumn Essentials: Slow Cooker Roast w/Veggies

Step-by-Step

  1. PREP/PREPARE
  2. ADDITIONAL ITEMS
    To make this recipe, you will need two additional items: a cream soup base, and some dry onion spice mix.
  3. The Cream Soup Base: To be honest with you, you could pick up a can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup, add a can of whole milk, and there you go. However, I would suggest that you skip the chemical laden route, and make your own. It is truly quite simple. If you want a recommendation, here you go:
    Master Recipe: Cream of "Whatever" Soup Base
  4. Dry Onion Spice Mix: You could use a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix, but please do not. I came up with a substitute for Lipton, and here it is:
    Seasoning Essentials: Onion Soup Cooking Base
  5. Chef’s Note: If you have the ingredients on hand, making your own cream soup base, and dry onion spice mix will add about 20 minutes to the front end of this recipe; however, I believe that it is time well spent. Not only do you eliminate all those additional chemicals; in addition, the taste is amazing.
  6. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  7. Prepare the cream soup base, and reserve.
  8. Add the butter and 1 tablespoon of the grapeseed oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
  9. When the foaming subsides, add the mushrooms, and a pinch of salt.
  10. Cook until they begin to brown, and all the moisture has evaporated, about 10 – 12 minutes.
  11. Add the mushrooms to the cream soup base, cover, and keep warm.
  12. Cut the chuck roast into generously thick slices.
  13. Why Chuck Roast: Chuck roast is a relatively inexpensive cut of beef that, when properly cooked, is fork tender and delicious. Chuck roasts are not suited for slicing and grilling, or throwing into a hot pan. The secret is a low-and-slow cooking method.
  14. Sprinkle the tops and bottoms with pepper.
  15. Increase the heat of the skillet to medium high, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil, and when it begins to shimmer add the chuck roast.
  16. Sear the tops and the bottoms of the roast, about 2 – 3 minutes per side.
  17. Chef’s Tip: By searing the roast I am trying to get a little mailard reaction going.
  18. Add the carrots and potatoes to the bottom of the slow cooker, and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.
  19. Add the roast on top.
  20. Take the skillet off the heat, add a few tablespoons of water, and then use a spatula or wooden spoon to melt those brown bits (fonds) into the liquid.
  21. Pour that flavorful liquid over the roast.
  22. Add the reserved cream soup base, and mushrooms to the slow cooker.
  23. Top with the dry onion spice mixture.
  24. Cover the slow cooker, and cook on low for 8 hours.
  25. Chef’s Note: I tried this recipe on high for 4 hours, and I did not feel that the ingredients had a chance to meld together. Low-and-slow is the way to go.
  26. PLATE/PRESENT
  27. Serve family style with a big ladle, or plate it up and serve it at the table. Enjoy.
  28. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Autumn Essentials: Slow Cooker Roast w/Veggies

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




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