Slow-Cooker Beef and Polenta

Cooking chuck roast low and slow along with cremini mushrooms and beef broth leaves it melt-in-your-mouth tender and full of meaty flavor — perfect for shredding and serving over creamy polenta.





2 pounds beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 8 pieces
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1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
5 cloves garlic
1 12-ounce jar pepperoncini, drained and sliced, plus 1/3 cup brine
1 14-ounce can cherry tomatoes
3/4 cup low-sodium beef broth
1 cup quick-cooking polenta
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • Step 1
    Toss the beef with the Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Scatter the mushrooms and garlic in a 6- to 8-quart slow cooker; top with the beef. Add the pepperoncini, brine, tomatoes and beef broth. Cover and cook on low until the beef is tender, 8 hours.
  • Step 2
    Uncover the slow cooker and let stand 5 minutes. Spoon off any fat from the top and discard. Shred the beef with 2 forks.
  • Step 3
    Meanwhile, cook the polenta as the label directs. Remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan and butter until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Divide among bowls and top with the beef mixture.
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