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Beef Roast with Cranberry Gravy

I can easily get this robust recipe ready in the morning and let it cook all day so that it's ready for dinner when I get home at night. The hearty beef dish is also good for the weekends when we want to spend time outdoors or on day trips.—Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Directions

  • Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown roast on all sides. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  • Add carrots and onion to drippings; cook and stir over medium heat 4-5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Spoon vegetables around roast; add cranberry juice, 3/4 cup water, cranberries, vinegar, thyme and bay leaf. Cook, covered, on low 7-9 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove roast and vegetables to a serving platter; keep warm. Pour cooking juices into a small saucepan; skim fat. Discard thyme and bay leaf. Bring cooking juices to a boil. Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into pan. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with roast.
Nutrition Facts
6 ounces cooked beef with 1/3 cup sauce: 501 calories, 26g fat (9g saturated fat), 147mg cholesterol, 896mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 45g protein.

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