Something about January makes me want to pull out the ol’ slow cooker. Maybe its the cold temperatures, the need for comfort food, or just that I’m a bit tired of cooking all those elaborate holiday meals and just want something waiting for me at the end of the day. Whatever the reason, one of the first recipes I haul out of my recipe box after Christmas is “slow cooker roast beef.”
Born out of desperation, this dish has become one of our all-time favorites. B.C. (before celiac disease), one of Geoff’s favorite things to order when we went out for lunch was a beef dip sandwich. After his diagnosis, he went for years without those salty, juicy, meaty and chewy sandwiches. Then we discovered Udi’s Baguettes and decided to tackle a gluten free beef dip sandwich using the slow cooker. The slow cooked roast beef is really good on its own – nicely browned and full of beef flavour – which is why we are posting it as its own recipe. Give it a try – and if you have any leftovers, we highly recommend the beef dip! The jus is salty and savory with just a bit of spice. (Scroll down or click on ‘continue reading’ for the recipe.)
Like this? You might also like the following:
Slow Cooker Swiss Steak (another favorite of ours)
Beef Dip (need we say more!)
egg noodle casserole (not a slow cooker recipe but another warm-you-up, comfort food)
Slow Cooker Roast Beef
What you’ll need:
For the roast:
¼ cup margarine or butter
1 onion, sliced thickly
1.5 – 2 kg beef roast (we like to use a top sirloin with good marbling)
1 cup gluten free beef broth like Knorr Kitchen Basics
½ cup gluten free soy sauce (we use Kikkoman gluten free)
2 garlic cloves, whole
10 peppercorns, whole
For the Beef Dip:
Udi’s baguettes or other gf buns
Optional: mozzarella or provolone cheese and horseradish sauce
What you’ll do:
Set slow cooker on low setting.
Season roast with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Heat large frying pan to medium-high. Add the margarine or butter and brown the onion slices. Remove and place onion slices in the bottom of your crock pot.
In hot pan, brown the roast on all sides. 3 – 5 minutes per side should do.
While the roast is browning, mix together the beef broth and soy sauce. Add the garlic cloves and pepper corns.
Remove roast from pan and set on top of onions in slow cooker.
Pour broth mix in pan to heat and to add the flavour of the roast and onions to the broth. Pour over top of the roast in the slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low heat for 8 to 10 hours.
Remove roast from crock pot. Let rest on your counter, covered, for 10 minutes.
Slice the roast and serve with the onions and drizzled with the jus from the crock pot.
To make the beef dip:
Using a slotted spoon, remove onions from broth and set aside. Skim off the extra fat from the broth.
To assemble sandwiches, butter your bread/baguette/bun and, if using, slather one side with horseradish. Add a slice of cheese and cover with beef. Top with a few of the onion slices.
photo credit: gfandme.com
gluten free recipes from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada