I’m afraid of no Roast “Beef”

Roast Beef 

After the huge success of my post “I’m afraid of no roast” chicken .. ..    So many of you got in touch and asked “will you do Beef” (it’s the beef we have the beef with)

So here is my easy step by step guide to cooking roast beef with all the trimmings…

A whole traditional roast beef dinner that will serve a family of 6  With good old fashioned ingredients, everything can be bought in the local supermarket.

You only need a small saucepan for the gravy, a roasting tin .. the whole lot is cooked in 2 hours including resting time.  (that’s less than a stew, and you’re cooking a whole Roast beef  ).

It’s a recipe you will use again and again (i swear)…. so say it loud! and say it proud “I’m afraid of no roast” xx



  • The cut of beef I use is 1.5kg topside sirloin beef
  • 8 potatoes
  • 2 onion
  • 6 carrots
  • 6 parsnips
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • A bunch of parsley
  • A few sprigs of tyme
  •  A few sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1-pint beef stock cube
  • a teaspoon of cornflour (mixed with a little cold water)

Step 1,

Take beef out of all packaging or paper and leave at room temperature

Step 2,

Make a herb oil by  chopping and adding all the  herbs with the garlic to a tablespoon of olive oil and slather into the beef and leave to one side  while you peel the veg

Step 3,  Put your oven on high… to 220c

Step 4, Put your peeled veg in the bottom of the roasting tin and spray with olive oil. Place the roast beef on top.

Step 5. Cook on high for 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 180c

Cook for another 30 mins for rare..

Medium cook another 50 mins medium

The way I like it is medium /well done which you cook for another hour and 10 mins ..

Step 6. Take out the beef and let it rest for 20 mins (loosely cover with tin foil) put the veg and potatoes on a plate and cover tightly with tin foil to keep warm.. while you make the gravy

Pour all the juices from the roasting tin using a sieve into a sauce pan… and any other juice that has come out of your beef.

Step 7 Add a pint of beef stock cube… stir and add cornflour to thicken ….

A perfect roast beef for all the family on a tight budget…

any left overs chop, cover and make some beef curry the next day x

Happy roasting Jolene


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