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Cooking Roast Beef and Creamed Horseradish and another great Sandwich!

Posted on August 23, 2010 by in beef

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Cooking Roast Beef

Cooking Roast Beef. British people eat roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, gravy and roast potatoes for lunch!At least that is what I have always believed about British people. Just like, I am sure, foreigners to our country think that we eat game everyday(game we shot ourselves by the way! .
Life is so fast these days, that I think Sunday roasts are a rare treat, even for the British.
Cooking Roast Beef. I  think that the British can do a Sunday roast better than anyone else, but the truth is, in my home I often make roast beef and I’ll tell you why in a second……..
Cooking roast beef is really quite simple. There are just a few guidelines to follow…

1. The cut of beef that you are going to roast is of vital importance. Buy the best you can afford and half your battle is won. To me, the best cuts for roasting is: chuck eye, prime rib sirloin and tenderloin. Make sure you buy a well-matured piece of meat  or order in advance and ask your butcher to mature it for you.
2. For 6-8 people you will need a chunk of meat of about 6lbs ( 2.75kg). I prefer to keep the bone on the meat as it adds flavor to the roast.

Now for the cooking.

Cooking Roast Beef

Roast Beef


2.75kg beef prime rib or sirloin
1 tbsp flour
1 Tbsp English mustard
1 onion peeled – halved

1. Preheat oven to 475F (240C)

2. It depends on what cut you have chosen, but I like to use a joint with a fat layer as it provides basting juices to keep the meat succulent and moist. Mix the mustard and flour and rub all over the piece of meat. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Place the piece of meat on the onions halves in a roasting tin. During roasting time, the onions will caramelize and impart a fantastic flavor to the meat. For about 30 minutes cook the meat on the set temperature. Then turn the heat down to 375F(190C) and cook the meat to your liking. Delia Smith has the following guide:

15minutes per 450g – rare
Add 15 minutes to total cooking time for medium rare
Add 30 minutes for well done.

4. Baste the meat every now and then to keep it moist.

5. To see if the meat is cooked to your like, insert a skewer in the thickest part of the meat. The juices will indicate how well the meat is cooked.

6. Once the meat is cooked to your liking, remove it from the heat and let the meat rest for at least 30 minutes. Cover loosely with tin foil.

Apart from all the trimmings  that normally come with roast beef, I wan to focus your attention to a sideshow that to me, makes the difference between mediocre and fantastic…..Creamed horseradish! Hee-ha, just the kick this meal needs.

To make your own horseradish is so much better. To get fresh horseradish is not the easiest thing, so I planted my own. It takes quite a while to grow, but boy, oh boy, it is so worth it!.

Cooking Roast Beef

Creamed Horseradish

1/4 to 1/2 cup grated horseradish
2 cups sour cream
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 tsp salt

Mix all the ingredients in a ceramic bowl about 1 hour before serving.

To assemble the sandwich. Cut a thick slice of rye bread, butter and layer with thin slices of roast beef, peppery rocket or watercress, avocado,capers and finish off with a big dollop of creamed horseradish…..delicious!!

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15 Responses to “Cooking Roast Beef and Creamed Horseradish and another great Sandwich!”

  1. bellini valli 23 August 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    I love a good prime rib with some Yorkshire Pudding, mahed potatoes and gravy when I have company.

  2. Ally_R 23 August 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    Nina, that looks absolutely delish!! Will have to give it a go!

  3. Marisa 23 August 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    This looks decadent Nina! Wouldn't mind this in my lunchbox tomorrow.

  4. Pam 23 August 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    Now that is my idea of the perfect sandwich! I love everything about it.

  5. Arnold 23 August 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    Wow, this is fantastic. I spotted this on Facebook and just had to come and have a closer look.

    This sandwich comes hot on the heels of the steak sandwich you recently posted, you definitely have a knack for putting some great sandwiches together. Thanks for this.

  6. Nina Timm 23 August 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    val – Prime rib is just the best and it is also such a show off piece of beef!!

    ally – thx. You will not be disappointed!!

    marisa – I have travelled from my house to Belville to take a sandwich to my friend, so your request is not that far fetched!!

    pam – thank you for always popping in, Pam!!

    Arnold – My life is so busy at the moment that sandwiches seem to be the only thing we ever eat around here. Thx for the visit!

  7. ♥peachkins♥ 24 August 2010 at 7:25 am #

    These open-faced sandwiches of yours takes my breath away!

  8. Sharon 24 August 2010 at 10:21 am #

    I just love your sandwich ideas!!
    (sorry havent visited your blog in while…catching up is making my tummy growl)

  9. Rose&Thorn 25 August 2010 at 9:18 am #

    The best thing about roast beef is the cold meat. Hubby loves roast beef sandwiches, and when I treat him with extra horseradish and pickles I am always in his good books!

  10. Jan 25 August 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    I LOVE Sunday roast and especially beef. Then the next best thing is sandwiches the next day. Your sandwich looks really delicious Nina!

  11. Sage 25 August 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    What a great food blog that you have here; right up my alley!

  12. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen 25 August 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    This looks so good!

  13. Cooking Roast Beef Tips 10 October 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    It's true! As British people we are rather focused on cooking Roast Beef as a Sunday lunch. The reason is from long ago when our grandmothers and great grandmothers had to wash the family laundry on a Monday. A roast lunch on Sunday would allow her to serve up cold roast beef for Monday's meal. This then allowed her to concentrate on washing the clothes on a Monday, instead of cooking!

    Great excuse though for a real cook-up on a Sunday. If you were lucky you got a lovely pudding as well to follow up on that lovely roast!

  14. Tonya Taylor 12 October 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    Love prime beef! I don't get why I can't seem to perfect a roast beef recipe. Thanks for sharing this! another try in the kitchen this time. Much appreciated.

  15. Kylie 22 March 2011 at 9:18 am #

    Oh… I can see that discovering you is going to be dangerous to my waistline! LOL These look delish!

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