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This looks so yummy – expect to see it on my menu next week!


3 tablespoons olive oil
2½ pounds chuck roast, fat trimmed
1 onion, finely chopped
4 large cloves garlic, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
½ cup chopped red bell pepper
1½ cups sliced carrots or whole snack-size (baby) carrots
Pinch of sugar
1/3 cup Italian red wine
½ cup diced tomatoes, including juices
1 cup beef broth
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh basil

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil.

Trim the roast to remove any silver skin and excess fat. Season on both sides with fresh ground pepper and coarse salt. When the oil is hot, sear the roast on both sides until well browned, about 10 minutes total time. Remove from heat and place in a slow-cooker.

Return the pan to medium heat and briefly sauté the onion, garlic, celery, red bell pepper and carrots until lightly browned. Sprinkle the vegetables with a pinch of sugar to aid caramelization. Add the wine to the pan and bring to a simmer. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits. Add the pan contents, tomatoes and broth to the slow-cooker.

Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours or until the meat is tender.

If planning to serve the roast the same day, turn the slow-cooker off 30 minutes before you plan to serve the meat. Transfer the roast to a platter and cut into large pieces. Stir the fresh basil into the sauce. Serve the roast on cheese grits and coat with the sauce. Makes 6 servings.



  1. I’ll be making this today. I found this same recipe while searching this morning, isn’t that funny?

    • Yeah – you probably found it searching for Italian Recipes…. I actually have this newspaper’s food site in my Google Reader. They have often have great recipes. Let me know how it goes.. looking forward to it!

  2. I should add I will NOT be serving this over cheese-grits! lol…where is the Italian in those? It will be polenta or pasta or none at all.

  3. This sounds wonderful! It’ll be going on my menu too!

  4. […] beef in my slow cooker, a recipe I found on a friend’s blog. Take a look for yourself at What a Crock. So what does one make with an Italian seasoned roast beef? Polenta, of course! Not the cheesy […]

  5. I just wanted to let you know we had this for supper last night and it was so good! Thanks!

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