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Polynesian Roast Beef

This marvelous recipe from my sister has been a family favorite for years. Pineapple and peppers add a perfect contrast to the rich and savory beef.—Annette Mosbarger, Peyton, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 beef top round roast (3-1/4 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons browning sauce, optional
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened sliced pineapple
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 medium green pepper, sliced


  • Cut roast in half; brush with browning sauce if desired. Combine the flour, salt and pepper; rub over meat. Place onion in a 3-qt. slow cooker; top with roast.
  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice; refrigerate the pineapple. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cornstarch and ginger; whisk in the broth, soy sauce, garlic and reserved pineapple juice until smooth. Pour over meat. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Add pineapple and green pepper. Cook 1 hour longer or until meat is tender.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounces cooked beef: 253 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 560mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 34g protein.

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  • Steffy1981
    Feb 2, 2012

    'Cause i'm allergic i substitute the pineapples for mandarin oranges it was amazing i make it every chance i get

  • Dianaore
    Aug 10, 2010

    We liked this recipe at our home. We did omit the green peppers and I used chunked pineapple and like that a bit more so everyone could have the pineapple. It looked just as good on the serving plate as well.

  • crsmith6196
    Apr 10, 2010

    We like the taste of the beef. I forgot the peppers but it was good anyway. Nice to a recipe on hand to mix this up a bit.

  • angelasandoval
    Apr 5, 2010

    I think I sliced the onions a little too thin because they just sort of dissolved into the juices and I omitted the peppers because none of us like them...but this was delicious!

  • dmicha4583
    Dec 5, 2009

    Well I'm not one to modify recipes but I did this with a pork tenderloin instead of beef and it's was awesome. Will try it with beef in the future.Thank YOU!!!

  • whateverfood
    Dec 12, 2008

    debcal1946, the cooking time should stay the same. If you're concerned about the turkey getting fully cooked, add up to 2 hours on low or 1 hour on high.

  • debcal1946
    Dec 12, 2008

    This sounds like a great recipe for a turkey roast as well. Any idea on how that would change the cooking time?