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North Woods Hearty Pot Roast

North Woods Hearty Pot RoastGood, old-fashioned comfort food, a classic family meal perfect for chilly days and Sunday suppers.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 beef shoulder roast, boneless (2 to 2 1/2 pounds)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound small red-skinned potatoes, cut in half, or into quarters if large
4 medium carrots, cut into 2 1/2 x 1/2-inch pieces
2 medium parsnips, cut into 2 1/2 x 1/2-inch pieces
1 small leek (white and pale green parts only), cut in half lengthwise then crosswise into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup beef broth
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 teaspoons seasoned pepper blend or garlic-pepper seasoning
1 tablespoon minced garlic

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine seasoning ingredients; press evenly onto all surfaces beef roast. Heat oil in stockpot over medium heat until hot. Brown roast on all sides. Pour off drippings and season beef with salt.
  2. Add broth to stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 2 hours. Add vegetables; continue cooking, covered, 30 to 45 minutes or until roast and vegetables are fork-tender.
  3. Remove roast and vegetables; keep warm. Strain cooking liquid; skim fat, if necessary. Measure 2 cups cooking liquid (Add beef broth or water to cooking liquid to yield 2 cups, if necessary.); return to stockpot. Combine water and cornstarch; stir into cooking liquid. Bring to boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture is thickened.
  4. Carve roast into thin slices. Season with salt, as desired. Serve with vegetables and gravy.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): 289 calories; 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat); 60 mg cholesterol; 425 mg sodium; 29 g carbohydrate; 4.6 g fiber; 25 g protein; 4.9 mg niacin; 0.5 mg vitamin B6; 2.6 mcg vitamin B12; 3.9 mg iron; 27.3 mcg selenium; 6.0 mg zinc; 18.9 mg choline.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.