Roast beef can be cooked in many different ways and every culture has its own way of cooking roast beef. But, still the traditional and old-fashioned method of cooking the surprisingly easy roast beef recipe is still very popular and millions of people want to know how to cook roast beef. The aroma of roast beef is just mouth watering and irresistible. This tempting aroma takes your thoughts back to those days when roast beef was cooked in a traditional way in most households by their grannies.
This surprisingly easy roast beef is worth the wait. It may not be one of those recipes that can be made within 30 minutes, but takes some time for the flavors to get absorbed into the meat. So, if you are expecting a fast food, then you will be disappointed. You have to be patient with this recipe, but the wait is worth it. Even though this recipe involves slow cooking, it still doesn’t need a crock pot. All that is required to make this recipe is your oven and a meat thermometer to ensure you have a great tasting roast beef at hand.
You can serve the roast beef with potatoes or with anything and still it will taste delicious. You can serve this meat with rice and it is a perfect combination at most homes.
How to select the meat
When choosing meat for roast, choose the end cut that has a layer of fat if possible for a juicy and flavorful meal. Make sure the beef is in room temperature one hour before you begin the cooking. Keep the beef out of the refrigerator one hour before the actual cooking for better results. Before cutting, make sure you allow the roast beef to rest for about 20 minutes before you begin cutting. The wait time may be tough, but it is worth.
- 3 to 3 ½ lbs (1.3 to 1.6kg) of boneless rump roast (go for an end cut with a layer of fat if possible)
- 1 tbsp Bertolli olive oil
- 8-10 slivers of garlic ( 3-4 cloves sliced into half)
- Salt and Pepper
- For Gravy:
- Red wine, water or beef stock
- Corn starch
- Rub salt on the roast and allow it to absorb well for sometime in room temperature.
- The beef should be kept at room temperature before you begin the roast for even cooking. So if the beef was kept in the refrigerator, remove it at least an hour before or 2 before you begin cooking.
- Open the wrapping and apply salt all over and wrap it up again.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degree C)
- Insert the slivers of garlic into the roast. Pat the roast dry with paper towels.
- Take a sharp knife and make about 8 to 10 cuts around the roast. Put a sliver of garlic into each cut.
- Rub olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper all over the roast.
- Place the roast on a rack with the fat side facing upwards. Catch the pan drippings below.
- Placing the roast directly on the rack with a pan on the rack below creates a convection environment in the oven. This allows the hot air to easily circulate around the roast, which means you don’t need to turn the roast as it cooks.
- Place the roast fat side facing upwards so that as the fat melts it covers the entire roast with its wonderful flavors.
- Initially roast at 375 degrees F, then lower the heat to 225 degrees F. Cook the roast first at 375 degrees F and 30 minutes to brown it, then decrease the heat to 225 degrees.
- The roast will take about 1 ½ hours to 2 ½ hours additionally to cook.
- The cooking time will also depend on the shape of the roast. If your roast is long and narrow, then it will take less time to cook instead of the round shape. So keep that in mind while cooking.
- Remove the roast when the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees F to 140 degree F. You will notice the juices starting to drip from the roast and it starts getting brown from the outside. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer.
- When the internal temperature reaches 135 to 140 degree F, remove the roast from the oven after checking with the thermometer.
- Cover the roast with foil and allow it to rest before cutting to keep it warm. Let it stay for 20 to 30 minutes before cutting the roast beef. Resting is important because if you cut them immediately, it will tend to lose all its juices.
- Thinly slice the roast to serve.
How to make gravy
- Remove the dripping pan from the oven and place it on the stove at medium heat. If you have pulled the meat for medium rare or rare level of texture, then you may not find a lot of drippings. If you don’t have any dripping, then you may have to leave the roast a little bit longer at lower heat, 175 degree F to take out some more dripping out of it.
- Add some water, red wine or beef stock to the dripping to deglaze (to loosen the dripping from the pan)
- Dissolve a tablespoon of cornstarch in a little water and add to the drip pan. Stir quickly allowing the gravy to thicken and to prevent lumping.
- Butter can be added if there is less fat in the drippings.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.