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Company Pot Roast with Creamy Mushroom Grits

Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Hands-on time 40 mins
Total time 9 hrs
Yield Makes 6 servings
Bacon, garlic, and red wine imbue humble chuck roast with robust character and rich beef-bourguignon flavor as the meat transforms in the slow cooker. Serve sliced or in chunks over Creamy Mushroom Grits.


  • 6 medium leeks
  • 4 thick bacon slices
  • 1 (4- to 4 1/2-lb.) boneless chuck roast, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound carrots, cut into 4-inch sticks
  • 1 pound parsnips, cut into 4-inch sticks
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Creamy Mushroom Grits
  • Garnish: fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Remove and discard root ends and dark green tops of leeks. Cut a slit lengthwise, and rinse thoroughly under cold running water to remove grit and sand. Place leeks in a lightly greased 5- to 6-qt. slow cooker.

  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 3 Tbsp. hot drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon.

  3. Sprinkle roast with pepper and salt. Add olive oil to hot drippings in skillet. Place roast in skillet, and cook over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer roast to slow cooker, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet.

  4. Add garlic to hot drippings, and sauté 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, stirring until sugar melts. Add wine and balsamic vinegar, and cook 2 minutes, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet. Pour mixture over roast, and top with carrots and parsnips.

  5. Cover and cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours or until meat shreds easily with a fork.

  6. Transfer roast to a cutting board; cut into large chunks, removing any large pieces of fat. Transfer roast and vegetables to a platter, and keep warm.

  7. Skim fat from juices in slow cooker, and transfer juices to a 2-qt. saucepan. Add broth, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir together cornstarch and 2 Tbsp. water in a small bowl until smooth; add to pan, stirring until blended. Boil 1 minute. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve gravy with roast and vegetables over Creamy Mushroom Grits. Top with crumbled bacon.