Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions

Fall 2004, October 1998, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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This recipe is reminiscent of a pot roast made with onion-soup mix, but the flavors are true and pure--and nobody misses the excess sodium. (For a slow-cooker variation, see below.)

"My family loved this recipe. We added mushrooms and about 2 cups of beef broth and cooked in crock pot set on low. Very easy and tasty. I'm going to share with my friends! "
Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions

37 Reviews for Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions


This was outstanding. I can't recommend highly enough!


I absolutely love this recipe. I followed it to theTEE, balsamic vinegar, but I had some balsamic salad dressing...I don't think there was a difference. The meat was so moist and tender. My husband and I discussed the pot roasts of our childhood...dry, dry,dry. I love this eating well site.


If not in the mood for gravy, pour in a whole can of diced tomatoes instead and make a sauce. The next day, serve it with chunks of the leftover beef and vegetables over pasta. Fantastic! Don't bother to add the cornstarch in this case.


After discovering this recipe I've made it three times. The first was an experiment to determine if was as good as I hoped it would be. The coffee was the clincher. Not being a fan of chuck roasts I searched for another cut of meat and decided to try the sirloin roast. It's extremely lean and a bit more expensive than the chuck. I also prefer my onions chopped in chunks instead of slicing them thinly as directed because they seem to disappear. More liquid is also my preference so I add about 3/4 cup of water along with the coffee so that the finished product is juicier when adding the corn starch, therefore, more gravy which is out of this world. I made the last recipe for my brother and his wife and they were blown away with the flavor of this roast. This wakes up your taste buds for the new found pot roast!!!


Fantastic flavor! It really does have that "onion soup mix" flavor, in a good way. The onions break down and become so sweet and tender. I also put some carrots and parsnips in the pot to braise for the last hour or so, then fished them out before making the gravy. Yummy!


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