As the holidays approach, life gets really crazy, so we need recipes that help us make it through the madness so that we can stop and take time to be thankful for all that we have. #SundaySupper and Gallo Family Vineyards are here to help you do that. When you need a super easy dinner recipe for those busy days or need to feed the family but just can’t take turkey leftovers anymore, toss together a few ingredients to make Slow Cooker Cranberry Balsamic Beef.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Balsamic Beef
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Wow, has it been a year! This time last year, we were packing up the last of the boxes in our old house in New Jersey, and about to move into our new home. In a completely new state, away from the only place I had known my entire life. I’ll be honest, last Thanksgiving, I didn’t feel like I had much for which to be thankful. Yes, we were moving to a beautiful new home, but that was just a place, a thing. I was leaving my heart and soul, my entire history. It’s been a tough year learning to adjust to our new reality. We’ve had to endure a rough winter that kept us pretty much holed up in a house in an area where we didn’t know anyone, find new doctors, deal with unexpected leaks and minor floods (twice), get used to where things were located and how to navigate the traffic patterns. Daily life took twice as long as usual. It was a tough adjustment for the boys too, and they dealt with it my challenging me and The Hubby.
Last Thanksgiving and Christmas felt like such a blur that I don’t know if I even thought about giving back, and teaching my boys about giving back. But we are blessed, and we will be spreading those blessings, whether it is buying gifts for needy children, making extra donations at church, donating food to the local food banks, or simply making sure we show our family and friends our appreciation for all that they have done for us the past year. Without them, I’m not sure we would have survived.
But we did. And here we are a year later. Sometimes I still struggle, as I feel like a year is but a blip out of the entire thirty-six years of my life. But we are safe and healthy. I’ve had some amazing opportunities and experiences. My boys are happy and learning and growing. We are starting to get to know our surroundings – both the places and the people. I’m not sure when I will call the area home, but my house is starting to feel more like my home, and being in Maryland is starting to feel less like I’m lost in a foreign country without a map. And this Thanksgiving we will gather around our dining room table for the first time (since it didn’t arrive until January), and I will be thankful to be surrounded by those I love.
You know what else I am thankful for? The fact that sometime during the weekend after Thanksgiving, when I am turkey-ed out but still have some cranberry sauce hanging around, dinner is done…
Slow Cooker Cranberry Balsamic Beef is a little sweet and tangy, with the savory flavor of a fabulous beef roast. But the beauty of this recipe is that you toss a few ingredients in your slow cooker, head out for a day of shopping or spend the afternoon trimming your tree, then at dinner time you just shred it up and serve. Maybe you even have some leftover mashed potatoes from your family feast a few days ago. And if you want to share your love through food, a recipe like this is ideal. You can easily double or triple it, and invite over company or package it up to send to someone who may need a little extra help this time of year, especially since it freezes well and the leftovers are very versatile – make sandwiches, top a salad, even put together some beef quesadillas.
While you can use beef broth, I added Gallo Family Pinot Noir to this slow cooker beef recipe to enhance the flavors. This is also the wine that I enjoyed with this dish. It is perfect for pairing with this shredded beef roast because the cherry and fruit flavors enhance the cranberry flavor, while the earthiness stands up to the richness of the beef. So when you pick up your bottle of Gallo Family Pinot Noir to open at your Thanksgiving feast, grab an extra one for when you make this for dinner later that weekend.
Prefer a white wine? Gallo Family Pinot Grigio is a crisp and versatile white wine to serve at your holiday meals. It pairs nicely with acidic food, meaning that it will complement the balsamic vinegar in this recipe. Serve it with your salad course, or alongside that Thanksgiving turkey.
After we’ve given thanks for all of the wonderful people in our lives, for our health, and the fact that we are all safe and well, let’s give thanks for some fabulous food and wine! The Sunday Supper Tastemakers have a huge variety of recipes for Thanksgiving and the entire upcoming holiday season, and you can find even more inspiration for feasting, giving thanks, and giving back from the Gallo Family on their blog. For the sixth year, Gallo Family Vineyards will be continuing their Every Cork Counts™ program. Snap a picture of your corks and submit it on their website or snail mail your corks, and for every cork collected, Gallo Family Vineyards will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels America to help end senior hunger and isolation, and improve the health and quality of life for the seniors they serve.
Then decide which of the wines of Gallo Family Vineyards to pair with your holiday meals. Be sure to connect with Gallo Family on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube, and check out the store locator to find their wines near you!
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What are you most thankful for this year?
- one 3-4 pound boneless beef chuck roast, tripped of excess fat
- kosher salt and pepper
- ½ cup cranberry sauce (whole berry or jellied - both will work fine)
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup beef broth or red wine (I used Gallo Family Pinot Noir)
- Season your beef with salt and pepper and place in your slow cooker.
- In a bowl, mix together the cranberry sauce, balsamic vinegar, and broth or wine. Pour over the beef.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
- Remove beef, keeping the liquid in the slow cooker, shred with a fork, and return to the slow cooker. Keep warm until ready to serve.
Here are some more of my favorite seasonal slow cooker recipes…
- Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry Habanero Glaze
- Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
- Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef Stew
And here is the entire #SundaySupper menu paired with Gallo Family Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir…
Appetizers and Bread:
- Antipasto by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Blue Cheese, Fig, and Caramelized Onion Palmiers by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Crusty Artisan Style Bread by Life Tastes Good
- Grandma’s Oyster Stew by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Turkey Croquets with Mushroom Sauce by Basic N Delicious
Salads and Sides:
- Autumn Crunch Salad by Magnolia Days
- Harvest Chopped Salad by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Cranberry Pecan Turkey Salad by Family Foodie
- Kicked Up Oven Roasted Red Potatoes by Recipe for Perfection
- Roasted Squash and Wild Rice Salad by Ruffles and Truffles
- Rustic Herbed Stuffing with Greens by Shockingly Delicious
- Fig Basted Roast Butternut Squash Stuffed with Quinoa, Apple and Fig Stuffing by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Paella by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Slow Cooker Cranberry Balsamic Beef by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Desserts and Sweets:
- Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies by Food Done Light
- Cinnamon Spice Coffee Cake by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Cranberry Orange Coffeecake With Brown Sugar Crumb by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Dark Chocolate Caramel Bark by Take a Bite Out of Boca
- Pumpkin Angel Pie by Desserts Required
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake by Alida’s Kitchen
Plus 10 Ways to Give Thanks by Sunday Supper Movement