Sunday, December 25, 2011

Italian Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots (Rachel Ray)

1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp flour
2 1/2 lbs beef chuck roast
Salt and pepper
1 lb carrots, cut on an angle into thick pieces (I used baby carrots)
1 lb small red-skinned potatoes
8 oz small mushrooms
6 cloves garlic
1 sprig of rosemary (I did not use)
In a five to six quart slow-cooker, stir together the tomato paste, vinegar and flour until blended. Season the beef generously on all sides with salt and pepper, then add to the slow cooker and turn to coat. Scatter the carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, garlic and rosemary around the meat; season generously with salt and pepper. Cook on low heat until the meat is tender, about 8 hours (I did 9).

Discard the rosemary if used. Transfer the meat to a cutting board and thinly slice. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a platter. If desired, transfer the cooking juices to a saucepan and reduce slightly to make a sauce.

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