Cattle Corner

During September there were 16 Angus bull sales in California, including in Tehama County the Byrd Cattle Company of Los Molinos and, pictured, the Tehama Angus Ranch of Gerber, both had their annual sales.

Pot roast with Cider-Maple Gravy and Mashed Butternut Squash from Confident Cooking with Beef.

Makes eight to 10 servings.

Total recipe time of 3 to 3-3/4 hours.



  • 1 beef bottom round roast (3 to 4 pounds).
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  • 1 teaspoon salt.
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided.
  • 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.
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup.



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 3-1/4 hours or until roast is fork-tender.

3. Meanwhile, heat oven to 375ºF. Brush cut sides of squash halves with remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Place squash, cut sides down, on metal baking sheet. Bake in 375ºF oven 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.

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