I've written similar roast dinner recipes before, but this post is how to make a good beef roast dinner- something not every student has very often during their time at university! I think its the thought of the any components in a cooked dinner that makes it seem such a daunting prospect to make but trust me its really not. It does require some time and attention but they are by no means difficult to make!
- One beef joint
- Two or three potatoes
- Two parsnips
- Stuffing mixture
- Beef stock
- Whatever veg you want to add!
- Preheat your oven to 170-180 degrees
- Place beef joint in a baking tray and place in oven for around 45 minutes on its own. Some joints require basting with oil and some don't so it's best to check with the packaging or the butcher!
- Prepare the potatoes and parsnips by peeling and chopping.
- You could also take this time to make up some Yorkshire puddings. The recipe can be found here.
- As you get towards 35 minutes of the beef being in the oven, boil the potatoes for ten minutes until they go partially soft.
- Once partially boiled place them in a tray with the parsnips, drizzle a bit of oil over the top and place them in the oven next to the beef for another 45 minutes.
- During this time you can make up stuffing balls according to packet instructions.
- Once the second round of 45 minutes is up take the beef out of the oven and place on a plate. Using the fat from the tray add some beef stock and a table spoon of plain flour to make up a gravy. It may seem thin at first but if you make it up over a high heat it will start to thicken.
- Serve food and be admired by all!
It's really not complicated to make a roast dinner. It's just a matter of getting your timings right. I cooked my beef joint for an hour an a half (or two 45 minute rounds) because I like it a little pink in the middle. If you want it really well done then you just need to put it in a little longer before you start preparing everything else, try an hour instead of 45 minutes and then the usual 45 minutes when you place everything else in the oven.
Why not try it this Sunday?