Slow Cooker Holiday Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Holiday Pot Roast from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog from @hamiltonbeach

One of our most-viewed recipes is classic slow cooker pot roast, and we think we know why it’s so popular. After all, it only involves dumping a few simple ingredients into the slow cooker and walking away for 8 hours! So how can we achieve the same bang for our buck, but with a twist that makes pot roast special for the holidays?

Slow Cooker Holiday Pot Roast from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog from @hamiltonbeach

To start, we simply add a few seasonal root vegetables like turnips and rutabaga. Then, we dress up the sauce with flavorful spices and succulent cranberries. Add a few sprigs of fresh herbs before placing on the table, and Voila! Dinner is served, and my, does it look tasty! This year, the holidays will be as easy as any weekday dinner, but with all the exceptional and thoughtful touches that make the season sparkle.

Slow Cooker Holiday Pot Roast from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog from @hamiltonbeach

Slow Cooker Holiday Pot Roast
Serves 8
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  1. 2 teaspoons olive oil
  2. 3 to 3 1/2-pound beef chuck roast
  3. 4 large carrots, peeled and cut in 2-inch pieces
  4. 2 small turnips, peeled and cut in 2-inch pieces
  5. 1 medium rutabaga, peeled and cut in 2-inch pieces
  6. 1 medium sweet onion, cut in eighths
  7. 1 can (14 oz.) whole berry cranberry sauce
  8. 1 envelope (1 oz.) dry onion soup mix
  9. 1 cup fresh cranberries
  10. 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  11. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  12. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  13. 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  14. 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  15. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  1. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil. Brown beef on both sides.
  2. Meanwhile, place half of the carrots, turnips, rutabaga and onion in bottom of slow cooker crock.
  3. Place beef on top of vegetables in crock. Arrange remaining vegetables around beef.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix cranberry sauce, soup mix, cranberries, cornstarch, cinnamon, thyme, pepper, allspice and cloves. Pour over beef and vegetables.
  5. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours or LOW for 7 to 8 hours.
  1. If you have a slow cooker with stove-top safe cookware, substitute the cookware for the skillet in the directions above. After browning beef, place cookware in slow cooker base, arrange veggies and beef, then continue with Step 4.
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Slow Cooker Holiday Pot Roast

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    Did you intend for the soup mix to be mixed with water ? Made the recipe pretty much as written, and it was too dry for the meat to soften. I added a cup of chicken broth 3-4 hrs. in and that helped, but it would have needed more liquid for the entire cooking time in order for the fibers of the meat to break down.

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    It wasn’t clear in the recipe if the beef was cut into cubes before browning or after everything cooked for 8 hours. Can you please clarify?

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    Penny kelly

    No liquid?

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    Will it still be the same if i leave out the soup mix, cranberry sauce and perhaps the rutabaga? I do not eat these. And what if I add sweet potatoes? The nutritional value will not be the same with these changes correct?

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    What is calorie count per oz with recipe as is?

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    YUM! A real different kick to the same old “crock pot roast”!!
    Will make this again! Substituted cinamen with brown sugar and used sun-made cranberries cause no fresh ones in my store.

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    What can be substituted for the onion soup mix which has way too much salt? Indeed, may I suggest you create recipes where amount of salt can be adjusted.

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      I just realized the dry onion soup mix has a ton of sodium too. Next time, I will omit the onion soup mix, add more peal onions (fresh ones) and a bit of unsalted beef broth. Then you can add sea salt to taste. I did not use cranberries or cranberry sauce, but a tsbp of worschester sauce.

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    Karen Livingston

    Sounds great! I may try adding cut up cabbage in stead of rutabaga.

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    Sandi Mizirl

    I would like to have # of servings and nutritional info on printed recipe.

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    I also have trouble printing, the picture never prints so I use the snipping tool and cut it out and paste it in word and print separately

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    Thanks for the recipe. I am going to try this. It sounds so good.

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    recipe does not want to print well at all.

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