Slow Cooker Cinnamon Chuck Roast and Onions (Serves 7-8)
I LOVE slow cooked meat, but only like slow cooked vegetables, so decided to try cooking a chuck roast without filling the pot with vegetables for a change. I added two sliced onions to the pot to flavor the meat and because I like cooked onions, but otherwise my chuck roast simmered for 8 hours with only a little water and three spices to keep it company – salt, garlic powder, and ground cinnamon. The sweet spice of cinnamon made the dish slightly exotic comfort food.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 hours
4 pound chuck roast (mine was frozen)
2 sweet yellow onions – half-moon slices
Directions: Peel onions and cut into half-moon slices. Arrange onions on bottom of slow cooker. Season roast generously on all sides with salt, garlic powder, ground cinnamon. Lay roast on top of onions. Pour in water as required to submerge the roast halfway. 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 don’t bother to thaw frozen roasts in advance when I use the slow cooker. I rinse frozen beef briefly to help remove its packaging and then go on as I would with room temperature meat.
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 sells the Cuisinart, but seems to be out of stock frequently. The Breville Stainless-Steel 7-Quart Slow Cooker with EasySear Insert on display in my Store is similar. Check them 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 often available directly from ranchers. I bought the beef in this story at the Alpharetta Farmers Market from Bobby and Jennifer deGraan of deGraan Farms in Calhoun, Georgia. My freezer is full of their ground beef, stew beef, and roasts.
The picture shows Cinnamon Chuck Roast and Onions with Braised Red Cabbage. That recipe is coming soon.
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