Roast Beef and Pan Gravy for Beginners

Background and History

Roast beef is a classic dish that has been enjoyed for centuries, with its roots tracing back to traditional English cuisine. It involves roasting a cut of beef until it reaches a delicious, savory perfection. The dish gained popularity across the world, becoming a staple in many households. Roast beef is often associated with celebratory meals and holiday gatherings, making it a versatile and beloved choice.

Ingredients

Beef Roast

Choose a cut like sirloin, ribeye, or tenderloin, weighing around 3-4 pounds.

Salt and Pepper

For seasoning.

Olive Oil

To coat the roast.

Garlic and Herbs: Optional, for added flavor.

Beef Broth: For the pan gravy.

All-Purpose Flour: For thickening the gravy.

Butter: Enhances the flavor of the gravy.

Optional: Red Wine or Worcestershire Sauce: Adds depth to the gravy.

Serves

4-6

Time

Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

1.5 to 2 hours (varies based on preferred doneness)

Total Time

Approximately 2 hours

Instructions

Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Season the Roast

Rub the beef roast with salt, pepper, and optional garlic and herbs.

Drizzle olive oil over the roast, ensuring it’s evenly coated.

Roasting

Place the seasoned roast in a roasting pan with a rack.

Roast in the preheated oven until it reaches your desired level of doneness:

Rare: 120-125°F (49-52°C)

Medium Rare: 130-135°F (54-57°C)

Medium: 140-145°F (60-63°C)

Well Done: 160°F (71°C) and above

Use a meat thermometer for accuracy.

Resting

Allow the roast to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.

Pan Gravy

While the roast is resting, prepare the pan gravy.

In the roasting pan, combine beef broth, a tablespoon of flour, and optional red wine or Worcestershire sauce.

Whisk over medium heat, scraping up browned bits from the pan.

Add butter for richness and continue whisking until the gravy thickens.

Carving

Slice the rested roast against the grain for tender pieces.

Nutrition Facts

(Values may vary based on specific ingredients and cuts used)

Calories: ~350 per 3-ounce serving

Protein: ~30g

Fat: ~22g

Carbohydrates: ~1g

Notes

Use a meat thermometer to ensure accurate cooking.

Customize the seasoning to your taste preferences.

Experiment with different beef cuts for varied flavors and textures.

Allergy Warning

Check the ingredients for potential allergens, especially if using pre-packaged beef broth or other store-bought items.

Adjust the recipe to accommodate specific dietary restrictions or allergies.

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