A slow cooker roast beef recipe is a godsend to those of us who are struggling with all the pots and pans needed for Sunday lunch, not to mention the subsequent washing up. All you need for this recipe is a slow cooker – preferably one of the best slow cookers for best results – and your favorite ingredient for Sunday roast.

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Slow roast beef roast recipe

For this classic roast beef recipe, which lasts for four people, you will need:

  • Roast, hull or beef breast, one kilo;
  • Sunflower oil, a few tablespoons;
  • Red onions, two;
  • Garlic, two cloves;
  • Rapeseed oil, two to four tablespoons;
  • Potatoes, 500 grams;
  • Carrots, 250 grams;
  • Parsnips, 250 grams;
  • Fine green beans, to serve, 500 grams;
  • Beef broth, 750 ml
  • Simple flour, a few tablespoons;
  • Butter, 25 grams;
  • Rosemary and thyme, a few branches each
  • Laurel leaves, two
  • Red wine, a pinch

1, If your slow cooker has a scorching function, set it to "burn", add a few tablespoons of sunflower oil and fry the beef on both sides first. Otherwise, you can do this in a pan. Remove the beef from the slow cooker, set it aside and leave the juices where they are.

Second Cover the bottom of your slow cooker with chopped onions, roughly chopped, unpeeled potatoes, carrots (peel first) and parsnips. Put the garlic cloves inside. Drizzle with oil (also rapeseed or sunflower) and season with salt.

2, Lay your roast on the vegetables and cover it completely with beef stock and a pinch of red wine (one full glass is enough). Add rosemary, thyme and bay leaf. Put the lid on and cook for about 1.5 hours on medium.

3, After 1.5 hours, carefully pour the remaining liquid out of the cooker into a Pyrex glass jug. let cool down. In a small pan, make a roux by mixing butter and flour, and then gradually add the broth you have just taken out of the slow cooker. Once you have reached a smooth consistency, you have your sauce. Keep it on a very low heat to warm up.

4, Cook the green beans for five to seven minutes; Burden.

5, After about 2.5 to 3 hours your roast should be ready. If you like your meat very well, you might want to cook for another 20 minutes.

6, Serve with the sauce and boiled green beans.