Sunday, October 13, 2013

Herb Crusted Roast Beef for a #FamilyDinnerTable #SundaySupper

Herb Crusted Roast Beef

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Today's theme is big Sunday supper meals that makes leftovers to be re-invented for weekday suppers. The idea for this dish was born from a comment my father made last Christmas. While my family was opening their coffee liqueurs, I was busy preparing a roast beef. While the roast was in the oven, my father remarked, "This would make great leftovers." You know what? He was correct. There wasn't much that wasn't eaten that evening, but I took a couple of portions home and ate them as sandwiches the next day or two. I was reminded of the meal when I saw a couple of roast chickens featured this week and thought this concept would be perfect. I'd advise to plan for leftovers, purchasing something that is versatile so it can easily be reinvented later. For example, leftovers in this case could be used to make fajitas, a French dip sandwich, or stroganoff.

The Challenge

Prepare a dinner so that the leftovers can easily be repurposed into quick weekday meals.

The Source

I used the rub ingredients from page 55 of the recipe guide of Top Chef University DVD set, but the dish there uses a standing rib roast with potatoes so I used the method from the roast I prepared last Christmas which can be found on Food & Wine's website.


1 beef cross rib roast, approximately, 5 to 6 pounds
2 to 3 sprigs fresh sage
2 to 3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 to 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
1 cup kosher salt
1 tablespoon cracked black peppercorns
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


1. Arrange your oven so your roasting pan will be in the lower one-third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.

2. Complete the mise en place: Combine the sage, thyme, rosemary, parsley, salt, pepper and olive oil in a food processor and pulse until it forms a coarse paste. Place the roast on a rack in a large deep roasting pan.

3. Cook the roast: Slather the herb rub onto the top and sides of the roast and place in the oven until the internal temperature in the center reaches 125° Fahrenheit, approximately 2 hours. Once completed, transfer the beef from the pan to a cutting board. Tent the roast with aluminum foil and let it rest for 20 minutes. To serve, thinly slice the roast across the grain and place on a platter.


I reduced the salt in the herb paste by half, but the roast was still well seasoned. Mrs. Stuntman was also surprised the roast was so juicy. We ultimately used the leftovers for sandwiches.

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  1. Such an elegant meal! And undoubtedly splendid next-day sandwiches =) Bet your roast beef smelled great while it was in the oven.

  2. This is an epic roast! If I got my whole family together, there would be no leftovers, but I bet it does make amazing sandwiches.

  3. DL your roast looks wonderful! I'll bet your kitchen smelled delicious!

  4. What a perfectly cooked roast beef! I love all the herbs and seasonings on it.

  5. I really enjoy a good herb crusted piece of beef and yours sounds delicious.

  6. My hubby would love your roast beef for every single Sunday supper! It sounds wonderful!

  7. This sounds delicious! We don't cook beef roasts as much as we should, giving how much we both love roast beef!

  8. I would love the crust on this roast. So much flavor! And nothing beats leftover roast beef sandwiches.

  9. What a dinner treat and awesome leftovers ideas you have. I'm surprised that it still looks so juicy and flavorful even after you reduced the salt intake. Great job!!

  10. LOOOOK at those gorgeous herbs! This is my kinda meat!

  11. I love this, Roast beef makes for such a great variety of leftovers. I imagine the herbs all over really infuse the roast with flavor. Yum!

  12. Roast beef is one of my favorites, and you made it even better with that amazing herb crust. I would absolutely look forward to those leftovers for sandwiches :)

  13. We always make a standing rib roast for Christmas dinner - with Yorkshire pudding! I'll have to try your herb crust. It sounds delicious!

  14. This roast beef sounds delicious! I like all the herbs you chose for the crust, yum! This would be amazing for leftovers, too.

  15. I love roast beef, and I love "Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches" aka Manhattans the next day! This sounds wonderful.

  16. Ohhhh yeah, I would take leftovers of this any day! Great recipe!

  17. Love a rare roast beef. I bet it's full of flavor! Looks awesome

  18. Love a rare roast beef! Looks delicious..


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