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Crock Pot Roast Beef with French Onions

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Making roast beef in the crock pot is easy, convenient, and delicious. Roast beef requires just a few steps, not many ingredients, and is full of flavor.

Cooking in a crock pot is perfect for days you want to set it and forget it, and have dinner ready for you when it is time to eat.

With just a few ingredients, this crock pot roast beef recipe is simple and uses inexpensive cuts of meat.

Do you have to brown a roast before putting it in the crockpot?

No, you do not have to brown a roast before putting it in the crockpot. In fact, searing the meat before cooking can actually make it less tender. For this recipe, you will simply need to season the roast with salt and pepper before putting it in the crock pot.

What is a good cut of meat for crock pot roast beef?

A good cut of meat for crockpot roast beef is a chuck roast. A chuck roast is a relatively inexpensive cut of meat that is full of flavor. Other cuts of meat can be used, but the chuck roast is ideal for slow cooking.

Want an Instant Pot roast beef? Try this roast recipe or another one of our favorite roast beef recipes.

We have that too. Not to mention Corned beef... both Instant Pot and crock pot recipes.

What are French onions?

French onions are a type of onion that is characterized by their sweetness and caramelized flavor. French onions can be used in a variety of dishes, including soup, salads, and side dishes.

What do I need to make crock pot roast beef with French onions?

To make crock pot roast beef with French onions, simply season the roast with salt and pepper and follow the directions in the recipe below.

To make crockpot roast beef with French onions, you will need:

Is it better to cook a roast on high or low in a crock pot?

It is better to cook a roast on low in a crockpot. When cooking beef in the crock pot, it is best to cook it on low for 6-8 hours. For this recipe, make sure you set your crock pot to low heat before adding the roast and ingredients.

What should I serve with crock pot roast beef with French onions?

Crockpot roast beef with French onions is a hearty and filling dish that does not require many sides. However, some simple sides that would pair well with this dish include mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a garden salad.

Do you put water in a crock pot when cooking a roast?

No, you don't need to put water in a crock pot when cooking a roast because the steam created during the cooking process is what keeps the meat moist. For this reason, you will a small amount of beef stock (or bone broth) to make crockpot roast beef with French onions.

For other roast beef recipes, sometimes you will simply use a condensed soup.

Do you pour out liquid before serving cooked meat?

Yes, if you do not plan on using the liquid for a sauce or gravy, then you should pour it out before serving your cooked meat.

Do I put potatoes in crock pot roast beef with French onions?

No, this recipe calls for thinly sliced onions and does not include any potatoes. However, feel free to serve potatoes on the side.

How do I make gravy from the drippings of a crock pot roast beef?

If you would like to make gravy from the drippings of a crockpot roast beef, then you will need to remove the cooked meat from the crock pot and place it on a cutting board.

Once the meat has been removed, strain the liquid in the crock pot using a colander. In a saucepan, combine 1/4 cup of the strained liquid with 1/4 cup of flour and bring to a boil, whisking continuously.

Mix in additional strained liquid until desired consistency has been reached. Once the gravy has thickened, season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the gravy over the cooked roast beef.

How much water do I put in crock pot for roast beef?

You should not need to put any water in a crock pot when cooking roast beef because the steam created during the cooking process is what keeps the meat moist. For this recipe, you will need 1 cup of beef stock.

Can I put frozen meat in a crock pot?

It is best to use thawed meat when cooking in a crock pot. If you are using frozen meat, make sure it is completely thawed before placing it in the crock pot.

The length of time that you need to cook roast beef depends on the size of the cut and how well-done you would like your beef. For this recipe, if you are cooking a 2-3 pound roast on low heat for 6-8 hours, it should be medium to well done.

What is the difference between beef and chuck roast?

Beef and chuck roast are often used interchangeably in recipes. However, there are some differences between the two cuts of meat. Beef refers to any cut of meat from the cow. Chuck refers to the shoulder of the cow, which makes it slightly fattier than other beef cuts like sirloin or filet mignon.

If I am cooking a large roast, do I need to change the time?

Yes, you will need to adjust your cook time depending on the size of your roast. For example, if you are cooking a 2-3 pound roast on low heat for 6-8 hours, it should be medium to well done. If you have a 4+ pound roast, then you will want to increase the cooking time slightly so that your meat is tender and not overcooked.

Should pot roast be submerged in liquid?

No, pot roast should not be submerged in liquid. If you are using a covered pot to cook your roast, then the meat will be moist and juicy.

What type of onion is best for French onion soup?

For French onion soup, it is best to use a sweeter onion like a Vidalia or Walla Walla onion. However, any type of onion will work for this recipe. If you have a sweeter onion available, this is what is available.

I don't have a crock pot, can I make this recipe in an oven?

Yes, you can make this recipe in an oven. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and cook the roast for 3-4 hours, or until it is cooked to your desired temperature. You can also use a Dutch oven for this recipe if you have one available.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes, you can double the recipe to serve more guests or to have leftovers. To do so, just double all of the ingredients and cook it in a larger crock pot.

How long does a 3 lb roast take to cook?

It takes approximately 3-4 hours to cook a 3 lb. roast on high heat or 4-6 hours to cook a 3 lb. roast on low heat in the crock pot.

How do I make mashed potatoes to go with my roast beef?

To make mashed potatoes, you will need 1 pound of potatoes ( peeled and diced), 1/4 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of butter, salt, and pepper to taste.

In a pot, cook the diced potatoes until they are soft. Drain any excess water and return the potatoes to the pot. Add the milk, butter, salt, and pepper.

Using a potato masher or electric mixer, mash the potatoes until they reach your desired consistency. Serve mashed potatoes with gravy over top of roast beef.

Looking for something with a kick? Check out our garlic mashed potatoes.

Do you put vegetables on top or bottom of pot roast?

There is no right or wrong way to put vegetables on a pot roast. Some people prefer to put them on the bottom of the pot so they can soak up the delicious juices from the meat.

Others prefer to put them on top of the roast so they are not overcooked. Feel free to experiment with different combinations of vegetables to see what you prefer!

Can I use cream of mushroom soup instead of beef stock?

Yes, you can substitute the beef stock for 1 can of cream of mushroom soup. This will give the roast an additional layer of flavor. Golden Mushroom soup is another condensed soup favorite used to flavor roast beef.

Should I flip my roast in crock pot?

There is no need to flip your roast in the crock pot. The meat will cook evenly without flipping. If you are using a programmable crock pot, you can set it to the "Warm" setting once the roast is cooked and it will keep the roast warm until you are ready to serve it.

When should you add potatoes to crock pot?

If you are using potatoes in your recipe, they should be added to the crock pot in the last 2-3 hours of cook time. This will ensure that they are cooked through but not overcooked.

What's the best way to thicken gravy?

If you would like to thicken your gravy, you can use a cornstarch slurry. To make a cornstarch slurry, mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of cold water. Stir until the cornstarch is fully dissolved and then add it to the liquid.

What can I do with leftovers?

Leftover roast beef can be used in a variety of recipes. Some favorites include sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas, burritos, or a roast beef hash.

You can also freeze the leftovers for later use. Simply place the leftover roast in a freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer.

When you are ready to eat it, thaw out the roast and reheat in the oven or microwave.

When should I add vegetables to crock pot roast?

If you are including vegetables in your pot roast recipe, they should be added in the last 2-3 hours of cook time. This will ensure that they are cooked through but not overcooked.

Prefer soft well-cooked vegetables, you can always put them in at the same time you start your roast. They will be fork-tender and delicious.

You can use any type of vegetable you like, but some favorites include carrots, potatoes, and onions.

Yield: 6 servings

Crock Pot Roast Beef with French Onions

Crock Pot Roast Beef with French Onions
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Instructions

For the Instant Pot:

    1. Heat the electric pressure cooker using the “saute” function until “hot.”
    2. Season the roast with salt and black pepper on each side.
    3. Add the oil to the electric pressure cooker and brown the roast on both sides.
    4. Deglaze the bottom of the pot by adding the beef stock and scraping it with a wooden spoon.
    5. Top the roast with the onions, onion soup mix, and red wine vinegar.
    6. Cover the electric pressure cooker and set the valve to “sealing.”
    7. Program the electric pressure cooker using the “pressure cook” or “manual” function for 1 hour. When the cook cycle is completed, quickly release the pressure.
    8. Serve the beef roast with the au Jux and onions.

    For the Slow Cooker:

    1. Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
    2. Season the roast with salt and black pepper on each side.
    3. Add the oil to the skillet and brown the roast on both sides.
    4. Deglaze the bottom of the skillet by adding the beef stock and scraping it with a wooden spoon.
    5. Transfer the roast and the beef broth to the slow cooker.
    6. Top the roast with the onions, onion soup mix, and red wine vinegar.
    7. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
    8. Serve the beef roast with the au Jux and onions.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 271Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 108mgSodium 596mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 35g

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