A buddy of mine and I were having a few drinks at a local hang out. We both thought it would be a good idea to coat our stomachs with a bit of food a before we got carried away. My friend loves roast beef sandwiches, so I followed his lead by ordering one myself. While devouring and appreciating the sandwich, he confessed to me that he doesn’t know how to make a roast beef and had never even tried.
We learned to make good roast beef while watching Martha Stewart
I felt obliged to give him a scolding and share the best roast beef recipe I know. It’s a recipe shared by Martha Stewart but belongs to Chef Anne Willan, founder of the prestigious École de Cuisine La Varenne. The timing of his disclosure was perfect, because I had been scratching my head as to what I should serve for to Easter Sunday, and as I heard myself rattle off the recipe, the answer came to me.
While speaking, I also found it odd that many of us wait for a special occasion or a Holiday for which to make a roast. Moreover, when a restaurant decides to make a proper roast (unlike the thinly sliced deli variety that was inside the sandwiches we were eating) it’s quite pricey and has a cachet of being event limited. Meanwhile, it’s probably one of the easiest things to make and serve on any day.
A couple of years ago, thanks to a good friend who opened her doors to us, we were able to use London as our home-base during a time in which we were doing some of our European travels. On our extended stay (we ended up staying for 6 months which probably seemed like an eternity to her and her family) she took it upon herself to show us her adopted country and some traditions.
She is an expat from the Northeast United States, so we have a lot in common. Knowing that we have an affinity for how locals eat, she made sure we got the full immersion. Of the many English food traditions, we favored one above all else, The Sunday Roast.
As sure as rain, or the team you support suffering a heartbreaking loss in football, and a stern Anglican mass, there is a good time over drinks and some roasted meats with family and friends on a Sunday. The offerings found are varied from establishment to establishment. They range from fish, pork, chicken, lamb, and beef. Sometimes, there are even game birds and vegetable options (don’t know why?). My favorite was the beef. Luckily, it was also the most ubiquitous.
Perfect Roasts on Sundays in London
What I love about this traditional dish is that on Sundays, it can be found served in the swankiest restaurant to the most local pub. My family and I always preferred the latter. There’s something about spending a Sunday afternoon in a place with no pretense that serves a proper drink and good home cooking. In the same breath, it always felt like an occasion. After all, celebrating family and friendship is just that – an occasion.
The thought of the roast-beef being sliced, put on a plate with its drippings, a side of potatoes, vegetables cooked in the fat, and Yorkshire pudding with some horseradish makes my mouth water. I especially like my meat furnished thinly sliced and rare in temperature. Which they seemed to always get right no matter where you decided to dine.
Whenever I pine for England, I make a Sunday Roast. The beauty of it all is that it’s the simplest meal to prepare. Below we share with you, what my buddy now considers the best roast beef recipe ever. Prepare it this Easter and transport yourself to a Sunday afternoon in an English pub, having a wonderful meal and time with family and friends.Print
Easy Roast Beef Recipe
Easy Roast Beef Recipe
- Prep Time: 30 mins.
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Total Time: 2 hours 30 min.
- Yield: 6–8 1x
- Category: Beef
- Method: Roast
- Cuisine: English
- 1 rib roast with 4 ribs
- 3 teaspoons dry mustard
- 3 teaspoons sugar (any type you like)
- 3 teaspoons dijon mustard
- salt to taste
- Mix 2 mustards with sugar and make a paste
- Rub paste all over ribs
- Refrigerate overnight
- The next day, take the roast out of the refrigerator and let it sit for at least 2 hours to come to room temperature.
- Heat oven 450 degrees
- Score the fat of the ribs and season with salt and pepper
- Roast ribs for 15 minutes at 450 degrees
- Lower heat to 350 degrees
- Baste ribs every 15 minutes until it’s medium rare (125 degrees with meat thermometer)
- Let meat rest 15 minutes before carving
- Serving Size: 6-8
Keywords: Easy Roast Beef, roast beef, Roast beef rib,
Where to have it in New York City:
Jones Wood Foundry. This Upper East-Side location is welcoming and the type of place in which you’re going to want to spend hours eating and drinking. It’s fine English grub, coupled with great service. The aesthetic is a hybrid of traditional pub and farmhouse. Even better than how it looks is their Traditional Sunday Roast. This Easter they’ll be serving your choice of Leg of Lamb or Beef, with all the fixin’s I mentioned in the post.
Where to have it in the World:
In the Town of Hampstead, about a 30-minute ride on the Northern Line from Central London is what I consider the best English Pub in the world – The Holly Bush. Situated on a cul de sac, a block away from where the author, Robert Louis Stevenson, lived during the writing of Jekyll and Hyde, this tavern is a dream for anyone that enjoys a rustic environment. Replete with fireplace and wooden tables, and signs that the likes of author himself possibly having used this as his haunt for drinks, one can’t help but be transported to another time. Every Sunday, they serve a Sunday Roast that’s so coveted by locals that they run out before 3 pm. It’s as good as it gets.
22 Hollymount, Hampstead, London, NW3 6SG Tel: 020 7435 2892
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