Roast rib of beef

Roast the perfect rib of beef with baby onions for Sunday lunch.

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time160 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
2kg joint of beef
English mustard
Black pepper
3-4 shallots or onions, peeled
50ml wine or water, as required
1) Spread the fat surface of the meat with a mixture of mustard and black pepper. Add some peeled shallots or onion halves around the joint to give extra flavour and colour to the gravy.

2) Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Place the joint in the hot oven for 15 minutes, reduce the temperature to 180C/Gas 4 and allow 15 minutes per 500g for rare, plus 20 minutes extra for medium or 30 minutes extra for well done. To be absolutely accurate, use a meat roasting thermometer.

3) When the meat is cooked remove from the oven, cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 30 minutes. This resting time allows the juices to settle; the meat firms up so it is easier to carve.

4) Spoon off the fat. Add a little wine or water to the juices. Boil over a high heat and taste for seasoning. Serve with the sliced roast. Delicious with crispy roast potatoes, roast vegetables or a creamy vegetable puree.

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