Perfectly Juicy Roast Beef Recipes for Sunday Supper
You don’t have to be British to embrace the tradition of the Sunday roast beef.
I have long been looking for the perfect Sunday supper — something that’s relatively uncomplicated to prep and cook, that can feed a crowd and doesn’t make my husband hate me for the clean-up. Barbecue often fits the bill (in Los Angeles, we can cook outside all year 'round), but it doesn’t always feel ... special. You need comfort food that people want to gather around — and an unfussy cooking process that gives you time to gossip and gab. As Mark Bittman wrote long ago in The New York Times, the ideal Sunday family meal “sounds like Thanksgiving” and feels like it, too. That’s the goal.
I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised to realize the answer was right there all along — the Sunday roast beef. The spectacle of a large cut of meat makes it feel like an occasion, and yet the meal itself couldn’t be any easier.
Jamie Oliver’s Sunday Roast
Of course, it only makes sense to start with a recipe from one of the U.K.’s most beloved chefs: Jamie Oliver. This Sunday roast has a little more "ta-da" than most. You start with a 5-pound bone-in rib roast, for one. For this recipe, posted by Leite’s Culinaria, the carving is key — there are four distinct parts of the roast, which are piled separately so you can grab what you love best as you go through the buffet line. To be served with horseradish and English mustard.
Mustard Roast Beef
Donna Hay, the Australian cookbook author, uses a boneless beef rib-eye for her Sunday roast recipe, which, after searing on the stovetop, is slathered in mustard seeds and thyme and roasted for about an hour and a half total time. Reviewers love the subtle flavors and how easy and delicious it all is.
Crock Pot Pot Roast
To make a simple roast even more simple, put away the roasting pan and stick it in the crockpot — then forget it for the next six hours. In this Yummly recipe, a chuck roast simmers in red wine along with potatoes, carrots, and onions, so you don't need to fuss with any side dishes, either. It's the perfect roast when you're trying to entertain. Pro tip: Sear the meat beforehand.
Balsamic Roast Beef
Some Sunday roasts weren’t necessarily meant to be served sliced next to potatoes and carrots, smothered in gravy, on your best china. This balsamic roast beef recipe, from Add a Pinch, is almost better as leftovers. And it comes together in a crockpot, to make it foolproof. Here, a 3- to 4-pound beef chuck roast is cooked with beef broth, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, garlic, red pepper flakes, and honey, then fork-shredded and served in whichever way you like best.
I seriously can’t get enough of this recipe. Six ingredients — two of them in packets! — and six hours of cooking time in a slow cooker or dutch oven. That’s it. Don’t skip the pepperoncinis; you need the acid to cut through the fat. Perfect next to your favorite veggies and mashed potatoes, over rice, or in a bun.
Air Fryer Roast Beef
For those of us who have an air fryer, this recipe from Love Food Not Cooking is another, less-greasy-but-still-flavorful option. Remember to cut the cook time in half if you opt for a tenderloin for your cut of beef.
Stupid-Simple Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream
I am a sucker for any recipe that includes the phrase “stupid-simple.” This one, from Food and Wine, really delivers on the promise: there’s just kosher salt, black pepper, and beef, really. The trick? “Just be sure to buy the roast with the full fat cap left on; otherwise the meat will be too salty,” says the magazine. Also, be sure to consider the timing: You salt this top round beef roast two days ahead of time and give it three hours to come to room temperature before slipping it into the oven.
Garlic Lover’s Roast Beef
Skinnytaste hides slivers of garlic cloves throughout a 3-pound beef roast or eye of round roast, so that there’s garlic in just about every bite. Otherwise, this is a pretty straightforward roast beef recipe. An olive oil spray helps keep the recipe on the skinny side, and a meat thermometer lets you cook the piece of meat to the exact doneness you prefer. She slices it thin — perfect for sandwiches.
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