Herb-crusted roast beef

Herb crusted roast beef
Herb-crusted roast beef

Serves 6-8

Tender beef coated in a fresh herb crust to seal in the flavour. Served with a rich red wine jus.

For the beef:
1½kg Glenmór sirloin or rump of beef 
4 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
A handful of fresh parsley
½ tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tbsp fresh oregano leaves
1 tsp fresh rosemary leaves
1 tbsp English mustard powder
Salt and black pepper

For the red wine jus:
Beef drippings, in the roasting tin
400ml red wine
800ml hot beef stock
2 tsp cornflour, mixed with 3 tsp water to form a paste
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
Salt and black pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 220˚C/200˚C fan/gas mark 7 and place the beef in a roasting tin, fat-side up.
  2. Whizz together the remaining ingredients in a food processor (or crush together very thoroughly in a pestle and mortar) until everything is well combined. Spread all over the beef until covered.
  3. Roast for 25 minutes, then lower the heat to 180°C/160˚C fan/gas mark 4. Roast for 90 minutes longer for medium-rare or until cooked to your liking.
  4. Transfer the beef to a board, tent loosely with tin foil and allow to rest for 20 minutes before carving and serving.
  5. While the beef is resting, place the roasting tin with its drippings on top of the hob over two burners set on a high heat. Skim off any excess fat with a spoon.
  6. Add the wine to the drippings in the tin and bubble for 3-4 minutes until reduced, scraping any sticky bits from the bottom of the tin with a wooden spoon. Add the stock and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  7. Add the cornflour paste and whisk thoroughly into the sauce.
  8. Whisk in the thyme and any juices released from the resting beef. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Carve the roast beef and serve with the jus.

Per Serving: 541kcals, 22.5g fat (5.5g saturated), 4g carbs, 0.8g sugars, 61.2g protein, 1g fibre, 0.346g sodium

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