Frugal Foodie Mama: Slow Cooker Espresso Braised Pot Roast {& A Starbucks Verismo Giveaway!}

Friday, March 28, 2014

Slow Cooker Espresso Braised Pot Roast {& A Starbucks Verismo Giveaway!}

I was provided a Starbucks Verismo Brewer and Starbucks coffee pods from Staples for my personal enjoyment in exchange for my honest feedback.  I was not compensated for this post or for hosting this giveaway in any other way.  All opinions expressed below are 100% my own.
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I think that a quick scroll through the recipes on my blog will reveal two things about myself to my readers- I LOVE coffee. And I adore my slow cooker.  
No question, right? ;)

In this flavorful, moist Slow Cooker Espresso Braised Pot Roast, I have managed to deliciously combine these two favorites of mine into dinner time perfection. 
The Starbucks Guatemala Antigua Espresso adds richness and robust flavor to the everyday, run-of-the-mill pot roast.  I brewed the espresso in my Starbucks Verismo brewer.  Folks, you cannot come closer to having a freshly brewed Starbucks espresso in your home unless you perhaps have a Starbucks franchise and your own on-call barista at your disposable in your home. ;)  
But there is no need for either one of those things if you happen to own a Verismo.

You may never make pot roast in your crock pot the same way again after trying this recipe, folks.
Trust me.
This pot roast would be perfect for a Sunday dinner, but with just 20 minutes of prep in the morning it also weeknight dinner friendly... :)
Slow Cooker Espresso Braised Pot Roast

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7-8 hours
Ingredients (6-8 servings)
  • 3-4 lb beef roast (I used bottom round.)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 Starbucks Verismo Espresso pods, each brewed twice on the Espresso setting (I used Guatemala Antigua.)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 medium shallot, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
Season the beef roast on all sides with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated, add the roast and brown on all sides- about 3 minutes per side.

While you are browning the roast, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Finely chop the shallot and then toss it into a medium mixing bowl. Add in the espresso, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and beef broth. Whisk to mix well.

Once the roast has been browned on all sides, add it to the slow cooker. Pour your espresso mixture over top.

Cook on low for 7-8 hours, basting 2-3 times if possible.
Serve with mashed potatoes or simple roasted potatoes and carrots.
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I have to say this Espresso Braised Pot Roast just may be one of the best pot roasts I have ever made. 
And I have made quite a few juicy, flavorful pot roasts in my slow cooker in my time so far. ;)

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Okay, so who would like to win a Starbucks Verismo Brewer & a box of Verismo coffee pods from Staples for themselves?
This could be your lucky day then because Staples wants to give one of my readers a Verismo brewer to enjoy in their home!  
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