cider-braised pOt rOast patty melt

AuthorHeather WallaceCategoryDifficultyBeginner

The perfect cold-weather sandwich has arrived. Enter the cider-braised pot roast patty melt...chuck roast slow-cooked to perfection in a hard cider broth, chopped into a hash, and piled high on grilled sourdough bread. It's crispy, cheesy, and full of fall flavors!

Just in time for your Halloween dinner too...and the best part is you can make the slow-cooked pot roast the night before and just warm it up to make the sandwiches. The pot roast becomes more flavorful overnight sitting in the cider broth. It's autumn between two slices of bread.

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time8 hrs 10 minsTotal Time8 hrs 40 mins

 2 lbs chuck eye roast or bottom round roast
 1 tsp kosher salt
 1 tsp freshly grated black pepper
 1 tsp garlic powder
 1 tbsp olive oil
 1 ½ cups hard cider
 1 cup beef stock
 2 tbsp tomato paste
 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
 1 large sweet onion, sliced
 6-9 large carrots cut into large chunks (I used a few handfuls of small to medium rainbow colored carrots from my garden)
 1 lb yukon gold potatoes
 2 sprigs fresh thyme
 ½ cup cold water
 2 tbsp cornstarch
 sourdough bread
 18 slices Muenster cheese
 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
 4 tbsp mayonnaise

Gather Ingredients...
1

Sear...
2

Preheat a multi cooker with a browning option with a drizzle of olive oil (or if your slow cooker doesn't have a browning function you can sear meat in a skillet instead).

Season 2-3 lbs chuck roast with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.

Place roast into hot pan and brown on all sides.

Slow Cook...
3

Whisk 1 1/2 cups hard cider, 1 cup beef stock, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, and 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce together.

4

Change the function on the multicooker to slow cook on low setting (or in a regular crockpot set to low).

Pour the hard cider mixture into the cooker with the roast.

5

Add 1 large sliced sweet onion, 6-9 large carrots cut into 2-inch chunks, 1 lb of Yukon gold potatoes or sweet potatoes, and 2 sprigs of fresh thyme.
I used a few large handfuls of rainbow-colored medium to small-sized carrots from my garden.

Slow cook for 8 hours until meat is tender.

Thicken Broth...
6

Remove roast from slow cooker, set aside.

Remove potatoes, carrots, and onions from the slow cooker as well and cover with foil along with the beef.

Discard thyme sprigs.

In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup of cold water and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to make a slurry then add to the cider broth.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly for 10 Minutes to 15 Minutes or until desired thickness.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Assemble Sandwiches...
7

Shred beef and coarsely chop vegetables, toss together, and set aside.

8

Butter each slice of bread and spread with a thin layer of mayonnaise. The mayonnaise will keep the bread from burning.

9

Layer slices of sourdough bread with a slice of Muenster Cheese, and pile high with the chopped pot roast mix. Top with more Muenster Cheese and remaining slices of bread.

Grill...
10

Place sandwiches on a clean griddle over medium heat and cook until golden brown. Flip to the other side and press sandwich with a burger press or a heavy plate, cook until brown and crispy.

Serve with the cider broth on the side to dip patty melts into.

11

Pot roast can be eaten alone or used as a hash and topped with an egg but one of my favorite ways to eat it is the patty melt!

Technically it could be a lot more than 8 sandwiches if you can keep yourself from eating the roast right away. lol

Ingredients

 2 lbs chuck eye roast or bottom round roast
 1 tsp kosher salt
 1 tsp freshly grated black pepper
 1 tsp garlic powder
 1 tbsp olive oil
 1 ½ cups hard cider
 1 cup beef stock
 2 tbsp tomato paste
 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
 1 large sweet onion, sliced
 6-9 large carrots cut into large chunks (I used a few handfuls of small to medium rainbow colored carrots from my garden)
 1 lb yukon gold potatoes
 2 sprigs fresh thyme
 ½ cup cold water
 2 tbsp cornstarch
 sourdough bread
 18 slices Muenster cheese
 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
 4 tbsp mayonnaise

Directions

Gather Ingredients...
1

Sear...
2

Preheat a multi cooker with a browning option with a drizzle of olive oil (or if your slow cooker doesn't have a browning function you can sear meat in a skillet instead).

Season 2-3 lbs chuck roast with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.

Place roast into hot pan and brown on all sides.

Slow Cook...
3

Whisk 1 1/2 cups hard cider, 1 cup beef stock, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, and 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce together.

4

Change the function on the multicooker to slow cook on low setting (or in a regular crockpot set to low).

Pour the hard cider mixture into the cooker with the roast.

5

Add 1 large sliced sweet onion, 6-9 large carrots cut into 2-inch chunks, 1 lb of Yukon gold potatoes or sweet potatoes, and 2 sprigs of fresh thyme.
I used a few large handfuls of rainbow-colored medium to small-sized carrots from my garden.

Slow cook for 8 hours until meat is tender.

Thicken Broth...
6

Remove roast from slow cooker, set aside.

Remove potatoes, carrots, and onions from the slow cooker as well and cover with foil along with the beef.

Discard thyme sprigs.

In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup of cold water and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to make a slurry then add to the cider broth.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly for 10 Minutes to 15 Minutes or until desired thickness.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Assemble Sandwiches...
7

Shred beef and coarsely chop vegetables, toss together, and set aside.

8

Butter each slice of bread and spread with a thin layer of mayonnaise. The mayonnaise will keep the bread from burning.

9

Layer slices of sourdough bread with a slice of Muenster Cheese, and pile high with the chopped pot roast mix. Top with more Muenster Cheese and remaining slices of bread.

Grill...
10

Place sandwiches on a clean griddle over medium heat and cook until golden brown. Flip to the other side and press sandwich with a burger press or a heavy plate, cook until brown and crispy.

Serve with the cider broth on the side to dip patty melts into.

11

Pot roast can be eaten alone or used as a hash and topped with an egg but one of my favorite ways to eat it is the patty melt!

Technically it could be a lot more than 8 sandwiches if you can keep yourself from eating the roast right away. lol

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