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Beef Roast with Cranberry Gravy Recipe
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Beef Roast with Cranberry Gravy Recipe

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I can easily get this robust recipe ready in the morning and let it cook all day so that it's ready for dinner when I get home at night. The hearty beef dish is also good for the weekends when we want to spend time outdoors or on day trips.—Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water


  1. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown roast on all sides. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Add carrots and onion to drippings; cook and stir over medium heat 4-5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Spoon vegetables around roast; add cranberry juice, 3/4 cup water, cranberries, vinegar, thyme and bay leaf. Cook, covered, on low 7-9 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, remove roast and vegetables to a serving platter; keep warm. Pour cooking juices into a small saucepan; skim fat. Discard thyme and bay leaf. Bring cooking juices to a boil. Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into pan. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with roast. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Beef Roast with Cranberry Gravy in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2014, p26

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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