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Elevate Your Dinner with Whole30 Classic Pot Roast

As the seasons change and a chill settles in, there’s nothing more comforting than the aroma of a slow-cooked pot roast wafting through your home. Today, we’re taking the classic pot roast up a notch with a Whole30 twist. This recipe is not just about tradition; it’s about deepening the flavors and creating a dish that’s perfect for cozy family dinners during fall and winter. Whether you opt for the slow and steady approach in the oven or the set-it-and-forget-it convenience of the crockpot, this Whole30 Classic Pot Roast is a winner.


Who is this Recipe For?


This recipe is for anyone seeking a hearty, wholesome, and flavorful meal that brings the family together. If you’re a fan of classic pot roast but desire an extra layer of richness and a touch of sophistication, this Whole30 version is tailor-made for you. The beauty lies in its simplicity – nothing overly fancy, just a classic taste with a depth that makes it stand out.


What Makes It Special?


The secret to the exceptional flavor of this pot roast lies in the low and slow cooking process, allowing the ingredients to meld into a harmonious symphony of taste. The addition of Dijon mustard, smoked paprika, and apple cider vinegar brings a delightful complexity to the dish. Plus, with the option to choose between the oven and crockpot methods, it accommodates your preferred cooking style and schedule.


Ingredients: A Symphony of Flavors


To create this culinary masterpiece, gather the following ingredients:


  • 3.5 lbs Boneless Beef Chuck Roast
  • 2 tsp kosher salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper (or more to taste)
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour (can substitute tapioca flour or regular flour)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 3 large carrots, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 4 stalks of celery, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or sub 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1.5 lbs medium-sized yellow potatoes, quartered


Instructions: Crafting Perfection


Preparing the Canvas

  1. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Pat the beef dry with paper towels and generously season with kosher salt and pepper.
  3. Sprinkle and rub the arrowroot flour into the meat for an even coating.


Searing the Masterpiece

  1. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Brown the beef on all sides until golden-brown (approximately 4 minutes per side). Set aside.


Building the Layers of Flavor

  1. Reduce heat to medium and add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Sauté until onions are tender (about 4 minutes).
  2. Stir in Dijon, tomato paste, smoked paprika, bay leaves, and thyme. Add apple cider vinegar and simmer until reduced by half.


Bringing It All Together

  1. Pour in 3/4 cup of beef broth, bring to a boil, then reduce to a subtle simmer.
  2. Nestle the roast back into the skillet and surround it with potatoes. Pour the remaining 1/4 beef broth around the roast.


Slow and Steady Wins the Race

  1. Cover securely and transfer to the oven. Roast until the beef is fall-apart tender (approximately 4-5 hours).


Final Touches

  1. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Adjust salt if necessary. Serve and savor perfection!


Crockpot Method


For those on a tight schedule, try the crockpot method. After browning the meat, place all ingredients in a crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours.


Nutrition Information


  • Calories: 623 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Protein: 54g
  • Fat: 35g
  • Saturated Fat: 14g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 19g
  • Trans Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 183mg
  • Sodium: 1185mg
  • Potassium: 1420 mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 139IU
  • Vitamin C: 23 mg
  • Calcium: 68mg
  • Iron: 7mg


Nutrition information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximation.


Kitchen Equipment Needed


  • Dutch Oven
  • Paper towels
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Measuring spoons
  • Plate
  • Stirring utensil
  • Secure lid for the Dutch oven


Leftovers? No Problem!


Store any leftover pot roast in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Alternatively, freeze for future enjoyment. Reheat gently on the stove or in the oven for the best flavor.


Pairings and Variations


  • Serve this pot roast over a bed of cauliflower mash for a low-carb option.
  • Pair with a robust red wine or a hearty stout for the ultimate dining experience.
  • Experiment with different root vegetables for a unique twist on the classic.


Frequently Asked Questions


Can I use regular flour instead of arrowroot flour?

Certainly! Regular flour or tapioca flour can be substituted for arrowroot flour without compromising the dish’s integrity.


Can I adjust the cooking time for a smaller roast?

Yes, for a smaller 2-3 pound roast, reduce the cooking time by 1-2 hours.


Is the nutrition information accurate?

The nutrition information provided is automated and should be considered an approximation. Individual variations may occur based on specific ingredients used.


Elevate your dining experience with the Whole30 Classic Pot Roast. Whether you choose the oven or crockpot method, this recipe guarantees a meal that’s not just delicious but also Whole30 compliant. Share the love by sharing this recipe with friends and family, and don’t forget to subscribe for more culinary delights!

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