Slow Cooker Balsamic Roast Beef Sandwiches
The holidays are here! Cue the jingle bells.
Well, actually, for those in this house, the jingle bells ring all year long. I’m a bit of a Christmas nut. In fact, our kid sings 3 songs: the My Little Pony Song, the ABCs, and Jingle Bells. Yep Jingle Bells. She particularly loves to “sing” it while in her crib, jumping up and down, generally refusing to go to bed. Her crib Christmas concertos last for hours. No lie. Hours.
Toddlers are fun, aren’t they? Especially at 11:30 pm when bed time has been going on for hours.
So now you know the bed time struggles. That just adds to an already hectic time of year for us. Between get togethers, shopping (because yes I generally leave all my shopping to the last minute), and trying to cram in as much Christmas magic and as many gingerbread chai lattes as I can into one short month, I get a little frazzled from time to time.
So this time of year, I’m all about no stress slow cooker meals. I like a meal that I can prep in 5 minutes and sort of forget about as it does its thing. These slow cooker balsamic roast beef sandwiches make that kind of stress free meal, perfect for grab and go during the hustle and bustle of the season. You could even get away with serving these while entertaining. Braising the beef and onions slowly in this mix of balsamic, wine, and broth makes for a roast that isn’t dry and packs a nice complex flavor. It’s a little sweet from the balsamic, rich from the broth, and well wine. Wine just makes everything taste better. And if you really want to make it a dinner to remember, serve it with this Parmesan garlic twice baked potato casserole. It’s a match made in heaven.
The prep for these delightful sammies was really basic, and not the kind of basic I am (hello yoga pants). My prep consisted of quartering 6 onions, pausing for a moment to chase onions down the hallway courtesy of said toddler mentioned above, then adding onions, meat, seasoning, and liquid to a crock pot. The end. About 6 hours later, I shredded the meat with a fork. And chased another onion down the hall.
Toddlers, you know?
Serves 6-8 servings
Slow cooker balsamic roast beef sandwiches are a quick, stress free meal.
5 minPrep Time
6 hr, 30 Cook Time
6 hr, 35 Total Time
- 3 pound chuck or loin roast
- 6 onions
- 5 cloves of garlic, pressed
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 sprig of thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup of red wine of your choosing
- 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard
- 2-3 cups of beef broth*
- Quarter the onions and remove peels. Place half the onions on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Season both sides of the roast liberally with salt and pepper. Place roast on the bed of onions.
- Press garlic cloves and put directly on roast.
- Cover with remaining onion quarters.
- Add 1 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1 cup of wine. Then pour in just enough beef broth to cover the roast. It will vary based on size and shape of the roast. I used 2 3/4 cups. Add the mustard, whisking it with a fork briefly to incorporate it. Finish by adding 2 bay leaves and a sprig of fresh thyme.
- Cook covered on low for 6 hours or until you can pull the roast apart with a fork.
- At the 6 hour mark, shred the roast with a fork, turn heat to high and let cook for another 30 minutes. Serve on rolls, topping with cheese if desired, or serve with a bed of mashed potatoes.