Weeknight entertaining is a breeze when you put your slow cooker to work! Adding a bit of flour to the sauce at the end of cooking turns it into a rich gravy to serve alongside the roast. Green peas and mashed sweet potatoes make great accompaniments to this hearty cold-weather dish.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2015
boneless beef pot roast (top or bottom blade, or cross rib)
sodium-reduced beef broth
liquid honey and Worcestershire sauce
per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat25 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate12 g
Sprinkle beef with 1/2 tsp of the salt and 1/4 tsp of the pepper. Set aside.
In slow cooker, combine onion, garlic and bay leaf. Place beef over top. Whisk together broth, vinegar, tomato paste, mustard, honey, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary and remaining salt and pepper; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low until beef is tender, 8 to 10 hours.
Transfer beef to cutting board; remove any butcher's twine. Keep beef warm.
Discard bay leaf. Skim fat from surface of cooking liquid. Whisk flour with 1/4 cup water; whisk into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in parsley.
Thinly slice beef across the grain; serve with sauce.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For the most flavourful sauce, choose a good-quality balsamic vinegar. Taste the sauce before serving; if it's very tangy, stir in up to one tablespoon of granulated sugar until dissolved sweetness.
A little turmeric gives this spiced pomegranate rice its pretty yellow hue that will brighten up any plate. Pomegranate adds freshness and helps turn this side dish into any meal's main event.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time30 minutes
, cut in matchsticks
1 3/4 cup
sodium-reduced chicken broth
salt and pepper
natural (skin-on) almonds
, toasted and chopped
Per each of 6 servings: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate38 g
In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in cinnamon stick, turmeric and saffron; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add rice and carrots; cook, stirring, until rice is lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Add broth, raisins, salt and pepper; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is tender and no liquid remains, about 15 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
Discard cinnamon stick. Fluff rice with fork. Stir in pomegranate seeds, almonds and parsley.
Fifteen minutes of hands-on time is all you need to prep this crowd-pleaser. Get the veggies in the oven first, as they take longer to cook than the pork. For even cooking, cut any larger chunks of carrot in half.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time45 minutes
Portion size4 servings
Spiced Potatoes and Carrots:
, scrubbed and quartered
carrots, halved lengthwise
and cut crosswise in 3/4-inch pieces
Spiced Potatoes and Carrots: In bowl, toss together potatoes, carrots, oil, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 450°F oven, stirring once, until tender and golden, about 40 minutes. Toss with parsley just before serving.
Pork: While vegetables are roasting, in large shallow bowl, mix together bread crumbs, Parmesan, herbes de Provence and oil. Rub pork all over with mustard; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dredge in bread crumb mixture, turning and pressing to coat.
Once vegetables have roasted for 30 minutes, push to 1 side of pan; add pork. Bake until juices run clear when pork is pierced and just a hint of pink remains inside, 8 to 10 minutes.
Puff pastry is made by a time-consuming process of folding and rolling out dough brushed with butter. These layers expand during baking, giving it a "puff" effect that's light and flaky—the perfect base for appetizers and desserts.
frozen phyllo puff pastry
Thaw frozen phyllo pastry. In small microwaveable bowl, microwave butter until melted. Place 1 sheet of the phyllo on work surface; keep remaining sheets covered with damp towel (to prevent drying out). Lightly brush phyllo with some of the butter. Top with second sheet of the phyllo; lightly brush with some of the remaining butter. Repeat with remaining phyllo and butter.
Halve layers lengthwise; cut crosswise into thirds to make 6 squares. Press 1 square into bottom and up side of each well of 6-count muffin pan, pointing overhang outward. Bake in 400°F oven until golden, about 6 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month; reheat in 350°F oven until crisp, about 3 minutes.)