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Balsamic Roast Beef with Sautéed Mushrooms and Baked Fries


I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter that fries “ought” to be paired with hamburgers and chicken strips. I am confident enough in myself to serve them with a pot roast. And it was delicious. Below are three recipes from my seemingly random, but surprisingly well paired, meal tonight!


Balsamic Roast Beef

A ton of flavour in this dish! Very tender.


1 boneless roast beef 

1 cup beef broth

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

4 cloves garlic, chopped


Place the roast into your slow cooker.

In a large measuring cup, mix together the rest of the ingredients and pour over your roast. 

Cook the roast for 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.

Once done, remove from slow cooker with tongs and place into a serving dish. 

Optional: Try to skim off the fat from the liquids, then put the remaining liquid into a saucepan on the stove. Let simmer on medium heat until the liquid has been reduced by half and use as a gravy.

Recipe Originally from


Sautéed Mushrooms

This was a very flavourful sautéed mushroom because of the butter! I made this recipe for just 2 people. Double if making for more.


1/2 pound white mushrooms, trimmed and halved if small or quartered if large

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1/2 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

a few sprigs of thyme (or you could use parsley, or another herb)


Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat. 

Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes, or until liquid has evaporated. It will be getting brown at this point.

Reduce heat to medium and add butter, stirring frequently, for another 8 minutes. Mushrooms should be dark brown, 

Put mushrooms into a serving dish and sprinkle with parmesan and thyme. 

Recipe adapted from The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook, 2011.


Baked Fries

This is my GO TO. Crispy and delicious every time!


3 russet potatoes

5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Preheat oven to 475 F. 

Peel potatoes and cut into equal sized wedges.

Pour hot water over potatoes in a large bowl so that water is covering the potatoes. Leave in for 10-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, Pour 4 tablespoons of oil into a large baking pan and spread around evenly. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the oil. 

Drain the potatoes, then dry them on a tea towel or paper towel and put back them back into the empty bowl. Mix the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil with the potatoes, then place evenly on the prepared baking pan.

Cover with tinfoil.

Place in oven for 5 minutes, then remove tinfoil. Set the timer for 15 minutes, turning the pan at about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and flip the fries. Put back in the oven for another 5-15 minutes, until crispy and golden.

When the fries are done, remove them from the oven and place on paper towel to absorb excess oil. 

Serve warm! 

I get this recipe from Annie’s Eats, originally adapted from The New Best Recipe by the editors of Cook’s Illustrated.


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