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Pot Roast with Cider-Maple Gravy and Mashed Butternut Squash

Pot Roast with Cider-Maple Gravy and Mashed Butternut SquashWith ingredients like apple cider, maple syrup and butternut squash, this recipe for a simple pot roast meal bursts with classic fall flavors.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 beef Bottom Round Roast (3 to 4 pounds)
4 teaspoons olive oil - divided use
1 cup beef broth
3/4 cup apple cider
2 medium butternut squash, cut lengthwise in half, seeded
3 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 tablespoons water

Cooking Directions:

  1. Press 3/4 teaspoon pepper evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in stockpot over medium heat until hot. Place roast in stockpot; brown evenly. Pour off drippings.
  2. Season roast with 1 teaspoon salt. Add broth and cider; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours or until roast is fork-tender.
  3. Meanwhile preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Brush cut sides of squash halves with remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Place squash, cut sides down, on metal baking sheet. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until fork-tender. Cool slightly. Scoop squash flesh into large bowl; discard shells or use for serving, if desired. Mash squash with back of spoon or fork until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper, as desired; keep warm.
  4. Remove roast; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Stir in cornstarch mixture and maple syrup; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  5. Carve roast into thin slices. Serve with gravy and squash.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.