Chuck Roast with Rutabagas and Onions – Slow Cooker Style (Serves 7-8)
I finally bought a slow cooker and the results have been amazing! Roasts so tender you can tear off serving-sized pieces with tongs and cut bite-sized pieces with a fork. All my fears about the low and slow approach – cooking without my being around to watch and waiting a long time to eat – disappeared with my first slow cooker experience. This is the easiest and some of the tastiest cooking I have ever done.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 8 hours
3.91 pound chuck roast
2 sweet yellow onions
2 big rutabagas
2-3 cups of chicken broth
Red chili powder
Directions: Peel rutabagas and onions and chop into bite-sized pieces. Season roast generously on all sides with salt, garlic powder, red chili powder, and Jamaican allspice. Lay roast in the slow cooker. Arrange rutabagas and onions around the roast. Pour in 2-3 cups of chicken broth as required to submerge half or more of the roast. Place cover on slow cooker. Set temperature to slow cook (200 degrees on my unit) and time to 8 hours. That’s it! The house smells great after a few hours and continues to smell great until after you pack the leftovers away in the refrigerator.
Notes: I noticed that my chicken broth was bubbling after about 4 hours, so lowed the temperature to simmer (185 degrees on my unit). The meat might have been ready earlier, but I let it go the entire 8 hours to give it an opportunity to become really tender. The top of my roast turned black, but tasted wonderful without the slightest hint of anything burnt.
My slow cooker is a Cuisinart Multi Cooker that I picked up at Williams-Sonoma because my local store had one in stock and I wanted to start cooking right away. Amazon was selling the Cuisinart, but has apparently stopped. The Breville Stainless-Steel 7-Quart Slow Cooker with EasySear Insert on display in my Store is similar. Check it out by clicking on the Store link in the upper right hand corner of this site. The Cuisinart has a see-through top and the Breville has a stainless steel top. I like being able to see inside without opening the lid, but the Breville sells for $75 less than the Cuisinart.
Cows raised on grass are healthier than cows raised on corn and soybeans. The resulting meat is lower in fat and higher in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Grass fed beef is increasingly available directly from ranchers. I bought the chuck roast in this story at the Alpharetta Farmers Market from Bobby and Jennifer deGraan of deGraan Farms in Calhoun, Georgia. I like knowing the people who raised my supper. I liked it so much that I bought a freezer full of roasts and ground beef so I always have something to cook.
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