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Here’s Ben’s recipe:

Slow Cooker English Roast

Prep time 30 minutes

Cook time approximately 8 hours


  • 1 (3-pound) Open Acres English roast
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups red wine blend
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1/2 lb baby carrots
  • 1 apple, quartered, and chopped


  1. Heat a frying pan over medium high heat. Season roast with salt and pepper; coat with as much flour as will stick to roast. Add oil to pan and sear roast, browning on all sides. Remove from pan and place in slow cooker.
  2. Add remaining flour, onion, garlic, and dried herbs to pan and sauté over medium heat for approximately 3 minutes, stirring often. Add wine and simmer an additional 2 minutes scraping browned bits up from bottom. Transfer to slow cooker. Add stock and bay leaves, cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
  3. Skim excess fat from surface and add carrots and apple to slow cooker. Cover and cook an additional 2-3 hours on low until pot roast is fork tender and vegetables are soft.

Hand Mashed Red and Gold Potatoes

Prep time 10 Minutes


  • Cook time approximately 40 Minutes
  • 6 lbs potatoes (mix of red and gold)
  • 2 sticks (1/2 lb) of butter
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 2-3 scallions/ 2 Tbsp chives and/or 2 Tbsp fresh chopped garlic


  1. Clean potatoes and place into stock pot. Cover with cold water to completely submerge potatoes.
  2. Bring potatoes to a boil and reduce to a gentle simmer. Simmer potatoes until they can be pierced easily with a fork and are tender.
  3. Drain potatoes into a colander, and place back into stock pot.
  4. Gently heat milk and butter until melted. Add the liquid mixture into the potatoes, and hand mash with a potato masher to combine until fully incorporated.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

* You can add the chopped garlic if choosing to incorporate when you are gently heating your milk/butter mixture. If choosing to add scallions or chives do so when you are adding your salt and pepper at the end.