Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Pot Roast

February 28, 2012

in Crockpot Convenience, Kid Friendly, Recipes

Pot roast, one of the most comforting foods out there. If your family likes meat and potatoes (much like my husband), this recipe will be a hit!  The gravy is so delicious and you can’t even tell the base is coffee, I swear!  I don’t think I’ll make a pot roast any other way now, it was that good!

Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Pot Roast

Makes 8 servings (or more depending on roast size)

1 boneless lean beef roast (I used a sirloin tip roast). Mine was around 1.2kg (2.6 pounds), but you could use up to  1/2 to 4 pounds
2 cloves of garlic, grated or minced
1 large onion, sliced thinly
1 1/2 cups small mushrooms
1 cup brewed coffee
3 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp pepper
3-4 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup water

Place half of onions in slow cooker base. Place roast on top. Mix together coffee and soy sauce and pour over roast. Add in garlic, mushrooms, pepper and rest of onions. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or LOW for 7-8 hours.

When roast is finished, remove roast from slow cooker. Mix cornstarch with water and place in slow cooker to make the gravy. Cover and allow to cook for 5-10 minutes until thickened.

I served with baby potatoes cooked separately (not included in nutrition)

Nutrition (per 4 oz meat with sauce) Calories: 218 Fat: 7.6g (2.8g saturated) Carbs: 8.2g Sugars: 0.3g Fiber: 0.7g Sodium: 262mg Protein: 27.8g

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  • Kris |

    Come to momma coffee in slow cooker 😉 I haven’t had beef for a while, but with my grain free, more paleo style eating, I might get into some again here and there and this looks amazing!!!

    Thanks lovie!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Hey Kris! Yes, eating more Paleo, you definitely start to get more adventurous with the meat! Hope you try it!

  • Randy

    This looks like a great way to use up all the coffee that I have at home and no longer drink! I also hope that this recipe will work with deer and moose roasts as I have a freezer full of wild game! Thanks for sharing!

    Btw I have shared a few informative links from your blog with friends and they loved your insight.

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Hi Randy. It would probably work great with game meats too. I’d like to try it with moose next, as we have a bunch in our freezer. Its great stuff! As organic as you can get, and very lean.

  • Redhead Reverie

    This looks SUPER yummy, however since I’m a little sensitve to caffine would this be an issue or would it just cook out like alcohol? Sorry dumb question, but I wouldn’t to be bouncing off the walls after dinner.

    • Kristine Fretwell

      That’s a great question! I’m sensitive to caffeine too, so I used decaf to be on the safe side. But since its 8 servings, you’d be only getting a couple of Tbsp of coffee per serving anyway, so for most I think it would have no effect, but its totally up to you. If you don’t want to brew decaf only for the recipe, I’m sure using decaf instant coffee mixed with hot water and using that would end up tasting the same!

      • Redhead Reverie

        Thanks so much Kristine! I think I’ll just brew up some decaf and try it. I’ll let you know how it goes…I’ve put it on the meal plan for the week. Oh, and congrats on your wonderful news, so VERY happy for you. Babies are a blessing.

  • Alinura Ikram

    Wow!! Simple ingredients! Gotta make it this weekend 🙂

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Yes! Its really simple and good! Let me know how you like it 🙂

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