Chilly winter nights call for cozy dinners in, and winter roast can be the star of the show. Hearty, tender beef roast works just as well as a low-key weekend dinner as it does for holiday entertaining. And while it looks and tastes luxurious, it’s deceptively simple to make.
Read on for our best winter beef roast recipes — plus a vegan option — that work for any occasion, as well as recipes to use up your leftovers.
It doesn’t get any better than classic roast beef, and if you’re looking for a new Sunday night staple, this recipe has you covered. It calls for classic seasonings, like garlic salt and Italian seasoning, to add complex savoury notes that bring out the best in the roast. With just 10 minutes of prep time, you can quickly get this roast cooking for a stress-free meal.
If you’re looking for an upgrade from delicious-but-humble roast beef, this is the showstopper you’re looking for. A generous Peppercorn Melange crust adds vibrancy and heat to a well-marbled rib roast. Over nearly three hours of roasting, it creates an amazing depth of flavour your guests will love. While it looks fancy, it’s still pretty low maintenance, requiring just 10 minutes of active prep.
You don’t need to sacrifice flavour to get a low-effort meal — just let your slow cooker do all the work! This recipe is the ideal “set it and forget it” dinner. Just add meat, veggies, potatoes, red wine or water, and Slow Cookers Pot Roast seasoning to the slow cooker, then relax. You’ll have melt-in-your-mouth pot roast in just four hours.
Of course, if you need a pot roast that’s convenient and cooks quickly, your pressure cooker or multi-cooker is up to the task. Pressure cooking allows your roast to cook at a higher temperature without drying out the meat, so you can get your roast on the table in just 75 minutes. It’s a complete meal on its own, but can also be served over rice or noodles for an even heartier meal.
Of course, delicious pot roast can also be plant-based, and meaty portobellos make this roast recipe a filling meal. It’s hearty and comforting, just like a roast should be, but it's loaded with umami flavour thanks to tomato paste, pearl onions, vegan Worcestershire sauce and red wine vinegar. Make it on the coldest night of the year to stay warm — and start dreaming of warmer nights ahead.
Pot roast on its own is absolutely delicious, but you can bring the flavour over the top by adding homemade gravy. A packet of Roast Gravy Sauce Mix makes it easy: Just add the mix to water and simmer for 3 minutes for an intensely savoury sauce. Add the gravy to your slow cooker or pressure cooker before cooking to add even more depth of flavour, or make it separately when the roast is done to drizzle over your meal.
The best thing about leftover winter roast? All those delicious leftovers! And if you’re looking for ways to turn your cozy roast into an energizing lunch, we recommend giving this power bowl a try. With avocado, bacon, eggs, blue cheese and crunchy pistachios, this salad is seriously filling and ideal to stay energized this winter.
Of course, if sandwiches are more your thing, your leftover roast can make an exceptional one. And this honey chipotle sandwich has it all: meaty leftover roast, creamy avocado, zesty pepper jack cheese and sweet n’ smoky French's Creamy Honey Chipotle Mustard Spread. It’s sure to become a new favourite in your household. And when the roast runs out, you can make it with deli roast beef.
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