I have a love-hate relationship with holiday menu planning. Being an type-A personality, I always want to be the one to host special occasion dinners; I like the challenge of conceptualizing a feast, preparing the meal and basking in the glory of thankful family members.
“Oh, Lena, you outdid yourself! Everything is delicious!”
Yeah, I know. I’m pretty awesome.
Thankfully, I have a great partner in crime. Possibly the only person who enjoys entertaining even more than I do is my husband; he’s the first to grab cookbooks, suggest dishes and decorations, and always pitches in with the shopping, cooking and cleanup. We’re a dream team in the kitchen!
This year, I’ve decided go rogue and swap our traditional turkey for a savoury beef pot roast. Of course, since I’m already switching things up, why not do something super special? Thanks to my friends at Coca-Cola, an idea was born to incorporate our favourite beverage – both at the table AND in the meal!
Intrigued? Here’s how to wow your guests this Thanksgiving with a moist, delicious, Coca-Cola Pot Roast! Bonus: practically ALL the work is done for you in a slow cooker, so you’ll spend more time with your guests, and less time fussing over dinner.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 beef roast, your favourite cut
1 can (355mL) Coca-Cola
1 envelope dry onion soup mix (26 grams)
12- 15 new potatoes, halved or placed whole
2 carrots, cut in chunks
8-10 fresh mushrooms, whole or sliced (optional)
1 tbsp of cornstarch
2 tbsp of water
salt and pepper to taste
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Rub beef roast with salt and pepper; place in slow cooker. Place all the vegetables around the roast and sprinkle with onion soup mix.
With me so far? Good, because here’s where the magic happens.
Pour Coca-Cola over the roast and vegetables. The sweetness of the beverage will meld with the savoury onion mix and create the most perfectly balanced gravy you’ve ever tried! Plus, the Coca-Cola helps to tenderize the beef while it cooks.
Et voila! Your prep work is done – simply place the slow cooker on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours. When the dish is ready, remove the meat and vegetables and set aside on a serving dish or platter. Then, if you wish, you can add 1 tbsp of cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp of water to thicken the gravy.
And there you have it! Thanksgiving dinner perfection. And what’s the perfect complement to a Coca-Cola Pot Roast? Coca-Cola of course! Taste the Feeling of togetherness with Coca-Cola, Coke Zero and Diet Coke. They’re a must have for special occasions and a staple in our home.
This Thanksgiving, try something different! Now that I know this recipe is a winner, you can bet I’ll be making it for my family for our upcoming holiday feast. Because, *of course* I’m hosting dinner, and *of course* I want the accolades for a job well done! Cheers, friends!
This post is sponsored by Coca-Cola Canada as part of their #TastetheFeeling campaign. I have received special perks in the form of product and compensation for my involvement. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.