Roast fore rib of beef with beetroot & horseradish

rib of beef with beetroot and horseradish recipe

Serves 10

  • 2 kg fresh, different coloured beetroots

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • olive oil

  • 5-6 kg quality fore rib of beef, French-trimmed, rolled and tied

  • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled

  • 1 small bunch fresh thyme

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1 small handful freshly picked marjoram or parsley leaves

  • 300 g crème fraîche

  • juice of 2 lemons

  • 4 cm chunk fresh horseradish, peeled and grated, or 3 tablespoons from a jar

  • For the marinade

  • 1 small handful freshly picked rosemary leaves

  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 6 good-quality anchovy fillets in oil, drained

  • zest of 2 lemons

Preheat your oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Wash and scrub the beetroots thoroughly to remove any dirt or grit, place in a pan of cold salted water and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 50 minutes. Meanwhile, put all the marinade ingredients and a few generous pinches of salt in a pestle and mortar or Flavour Shaker, bash them up, add a couple of lugs of olive oil and rub all over your beef joint. Put the joint on a large roasting tray and into the preheated oven for an hour.



When your beetroot is almost cooked, drain and peel while still warm, then cut each one in half and toss all the pieces in a bowl with the garlic, thyme sprigs, balsamic vinegar and a few lugs of olive oil. After its hour is up, remove the beef from the oven and scatter the beetroot halves all around the meat in the tray. Place the tray back in the oven and cook for a further 30 minutes, by which time the beef should be medium and the beetroot perfectly roasted (feel free to cook the meat to your liking, though). Allow the meat to rest for up to 20 minutes – you may need to keep the beetroot warm in a low oven.



Chop the marjoram or parsley leaves and mix with the crème fraîche and lemon juice. Spike well with the horseradish and season to taste. Carve the beef on to a large platter with the resting juices. Serve with the roast beetroots, flavoured crème fraîche and some lovely roast potatoes.



Matt's wine suggestion: Australian red – Shiraz

Nutritional Information

Roast fore rib of beef with beetroot & horseradish

With an aromatic rub

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Serves 10
2h 50m (plus resting time)
Super easy
Method

This fore rib cut of beef makes the perfect roast. Even if there are fewer than ten of you it's still worth cooking the whole joint and enjoying the leftovers. Beef and beetroot work so well together. When buying beetroot, try and get hold of some different shapes and colours.

Preheat your oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Wash and scrub the beetroots thoroughly to remove any dirt or grit, place in a pan of cold salted water and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 50 minutes. Meanwhile, put all the marinade ingredients and a few generous pinches of salt in a pestle and mortar or Flavour Shaker, bash them up, add a couple of lugs of olive oil and rub all over your beef joint. Put the joint on a large roasting tray and into the preheated oven for an hour.

When your beetroot is almost cooked, drain and peel while still warm, then cut each one in half and toss all the pieces in a bowl with the garlic, thyme sprigs, balsamic vinegar and a few lugs of olive oil. After its hour is up, remove the beef from the oven and scatter the beetroot halves all around the meat in the tray. Place the tray back in the oven and cook for a further 30 minutes, by which time the beef should be medium and the beetroot perfectly roasted (feel free to cook the meat to your liking, though). Allow the meat to rest for up to 20 minutes – you may need to keep the beetroot warm in a low oven.

Chop the marjoram or parsley leaves and mix with the crème fraîche and lemon juice. Spike well with the horseradish and season to taste. Carve the beef on to a large platter with the resting juices. Serve with the roast beetroots, flavoured crème fraîche and some lovely roast potatoes.

Matt's wine suggestion: Australian red – Shiraz

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 630
    32%
  • Carbs 17.5g
    7%
  • Sugar 15.4g 17%
  • Fat 34.2g 49%
  • Saturates 15.0g 75%
  • Protein 59.2g 131%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 2 kg fresh, different coloured beetroots

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • olive oil

  • 5-6 kg quality fore rib of beef, French-trimmed, rolled and tied

  • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled

  • 1 small bunch fresh thyme

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1 small handful freshly picked marjoram or parsley leaves

  • 300 g crème fraîche

  • juice of 2 lemons

  • 4 cm chunk fresh horseradish, peeled and grated, or 3 tablespoons from a jar

  • For the marinade

  • 1 small handful freshly picked rosemary leaves

  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 6 good-quality anchovy fillets in oil, drained

  • zest of 2 lemons