Friday, November 15, 2013

Ultimate Slow-Cooked Pot Roast

1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 to 4 pounds)
Salt and ground black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
1 envelope (about 1 ounce) onion dry recipe soup & dip mix
1 cup dry red wine
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 package (16 ounces) baby-cut carrots
1 1/4 pounds red potatoes, cut in half
2 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
4 small sprigs fresh thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1 (6-inch) sprig fresh rosemary leaves
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cold water
8 ounces cremini or baby portobello mushrooms, cut in half (about 2 cups)

1 Season the beef with the salt and black pepper.

2 Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until well browned on all sides.

3 Stir the soup, soup mix, wine and garlic in a 6-quart slow cooker. Stir in the carrots, potatoes and celery. Top with the thyme, bay leaves and rosemary. Top with the beef. Cover and cook on LOW 7 to 8 hours or until the beef and vegetables are fork-tender. Remove the beef from the cooker, cover and keep warm. Remove and discard the bay leaves, rosemary and thyme.

4 Stir the flour and water in a small bowl until the mixture is smooth. Stir the flour mixture and mushrooms in the cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 10 minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens and the mushrooms are tender. Serve with the beef.

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