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balsamic pot roast

Balsamic Pot Roast

Balsamic Pot Roast is an impressive entrée with juicy, slow-roasted meat and a balsamic reduction loaded with herbs, molasses and brown sugar.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Balsamic Pot Roast
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 514 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 pound boneless chuck roast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 carrots chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 lb potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary


  1. Pat dry the beef with paper towels, season with the salt and pepper.
  2. Place a large pot or dutch oven over high heat and add 2 tablespoons of canola oil.
  3. Once the oil is hot, add the pot roast and brown on both sides, for 3-5 minutes on each side. until nicely browned. Set aside.
  4. Add the diced onion to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme, rosemary, oregano, stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add 1 cup of the broth and scrape the bottom of the pan well.
  6. Add the rest of the broth, balsamic vinegar, molasses and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
  7. Add back the beef, add carrots, potatoes, and top with fresh rosemary and bay leaves.
  8. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cover and cook in the oven for 3-4 hours or until fork-tender.

  9. Discard the bay leaves before serving.
  10. To make the sauce into a glaze, strain the liquid out after cooking, spoon off the fat and discard it. Place it in a small sauce pan and cook on medium heat until thickened, about 10-12 minutes.
  11. Garnish with fresh parsley and herbs when serving.

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Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Pot Roast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 514 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 156mg52%
Sodium 902mg39%
Potassium 982mg28%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 2589IU52%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.