Crock Pot Root Vegetables with Balsamic

Prep Time
Cook Time
4h 10m
Ready In

"These are absolutely so easy and just fantastic. A perfect easy side dish which is great for Sunday dinner, company, entertaining, potluck and certainly for the holidays. The idea for this recipe came from a small crock pot recipe book I had years ago. I have seen many versions of this; but, I love this combination the best. I also substituted butternut squash for the sweet potatoes, and that turned out very good."

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (373.7 g)
  • Calories 466.8
  • Total Fat - 11.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 7.5 mg
  • Sodium - 600.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 84.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.9 g
  • Sugars - 11.5 g
  • Protein - 7.1 g
  • Calcium - 82 mg
  • Iron - 2.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 75.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Vegetables ... Peel and cut the sweet potato and rutabaga in 1 1/2" cubes; then, cut the the carrots and parsnips in 1 1/2" pieces on an angle. Also,rough chop the red onion. Lightly spray the crock pot with a non-stick spray. Then, add the rutabaga, carrots, parsnips, and onions to the crock pot and mix to combine. Top with the sweet potatoes, but do not mix them in - they take the least amount of time to cook. Top with the sprigs of thyme.

Step 2

Note: As I mentioned, I did make this with butternut squash a couple of times; and that comes out very well. I followed the exact recipe, just switched the squash for the sweet potatoes.

Step 3

Sauce ... Add the oil, vinegar, brown sugar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper to a small bowl or cup, and mix well. Pour over the vegetables, but do NOT stir.

Step 4

Cook ... Cover and cook on high heat for 4-5 hours until the vegetables are tender.

Step 5

Bacon ... Saute the bacon on medium heat until crisp. If you render the bacon slowly, you do not need to add any oil. Once the bacon is crispy and brown, transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.

Step 6

Finish and Serve ... Mix all the vegetables together, add the parsley, and garnish with the bacon. Serve with your favorite, roast, chicken, turkey, ham, etc. ENJOY!

Tips & Variations

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Bergy (RIP" Forever in our Kitchen)

What an easy great way to to cook a super combination of veggies. I did the whole recipe (there are only 2 of us) because we enjoy 2 fresh veggies every night with our dinner. There is just enough left from to night for another dinner. Timing right on low for 3 1/2 hours, A do again recipe for sure

(27 Oct 2013)