Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chipotle-Coffee Pot Roast

You know a dish is good when your husband comes home from night class, heats up the pot roast for dinner, and you wake up because of the delicious smells making you hungry.  True story--it happened last night!

Chipotle-Coffee Pot Roast
 {Chipotle-Coffee Pot Roast}

Rubbing chipotle-coffee spice mix on the roast
 {Rubbing chipotle-coffee spice mix on the roast}

Very important to get a good searing on the meat
 {Very important to get a good searing on the meat!}

Chipotle-Coffee Pot Roast
 {Place everything in a crock-pot}

Chipotle-Coffee Pot Roast
{Chipotle-Coffee Pot Roast vegetable view}

One year ago:  Lemon Ginger Cookies

Chipotle-Coffee Pot Roast
from Better Homes and Gardens Skinny Slow Cooker

Serves 6

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 6-8 hours
Assembly time: 10 minutes

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon instant coffee
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2-3 pounds beef roast
2 large parsnips, peeled and diced
1 large red onion, cut into 1 inch chunks
8 oz Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved (I forgot to get them so I didn't have any, but I would have!)
6 oz tomato paste
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup beef broth
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan.
  2. In a small bowl, combine coffee, chili powder, and salt until combined; then rub it on the roast.
  3. Sear roast until dark brown on all sides.
  4. Meanwhile, place onions, parsnips, and Brussels sprouts in the bottom of a crock-pot.
  5. Place meat on plate on rest.
  6. Add Balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, garlic, and beef broth to pan; using a spatula, scrape the bottom of the pan to get any browned bits out.
  7. Pour sauce on top of vegetables.
  8. Place meat on top of sauce and vegetables.
  9. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  10. Serve.
Was I a bit nervous about how this would turn out?  Absolutely!  Although I am a trained chef, weird combinations still freak me out!  This chipotle-coffee mixture had me worried, but as soon as I took a bite, I was hooked.  The coffee and spice from the chili powder are subtle plus with the sweetness of the balsamic vinegar and tomato paste, this dish hit it right on the head!

Have you ever tried a combination that you were wary about, and then ended up loving it?  How about a time when you didn't?  I'd love to hear about it!

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