5/7/12

Quick and Easy Balsamic Roast Beef and Vegetables Recipe in the slow cooker.


By on 5/07/2012 02:31:00 PM

I love slow cookers, or Crock Pots.  I’ve said before that I use our slow cooker at least once a week—sometimes more.  If  I have a busy day combined with an evening full of extracurricular activities with the girls—I need some help in the kitchen.  This Balsamic Roast Beef and Vegetables recipe is always a hit with everyone—even the little ones.  Before you click away avoiding the balsamic vinegar—my girls hate vinegar and are not generally roast beef fans—unless I combine the two.  The balsamic vinegar balances the sweetness of the carrots and it slightly flavors and tenderizes the beef. 

Ingredients for an easy Balsamic Roast Beef and Vegetables Recipe in the slow cooker
3-5 Pounds Beef Roast (I usually use a shoulder roast for this recipe since it has lots of help becoming tender!)
1 Large Vidalia Onion, peeled and sliced
1 Lb. Baby Carrots or Whole Carrots, cleaned and cut into 3 inch sticks
2 Celery Stalks, with leaves, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 Medium White Potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 tsp. Thyme, ground
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 Bay Leaf
1/8 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
½ tsp. Salt
¼ c. Balsamic Vinegar
¾ c. Water or Vegetable Broth

Instructions for an easy Balsamic Roast Beef and Vegetables Recipe in the slow cooker
Prepare slow cooker.  Spray the cooker with a nonstick cooking spray or line with a disposable, slow cooker liner.  Turn the slow cooker on high while you gather the ingredients.  Turn the slow cooker down to low.  Place the onion slices into the bottom of the slow cooker--leaving a few to add to the top of the roast.
Season the meat.  Rub the spices into both sides of the roast beef.  Place the roast into the center of the slow cooker.
Add the vegetables to the slow cooker.  Arrange the remaining vegetables around the beef roast.
Pour in the liquid.  Add the vinegar and water by pouring around the edges of the slow cooker—mostly over the vegetables.
Cover, cook and serve the beef roast.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Remove the bay leaf.  Slice the beef as desired and serve warm with vegetables, bread and a salad.

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About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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