Authentic Roast Beef

Authentic Roast Beef

This is traditional English roast beef with gravy. It's easy and luxurious, so try it for guests or special occasions!

Ingredients: 2 to 3 servings

Beef (a lean cut - roast, sirloin etc.)
600 to 800 g
〇 Garlic
2 cloves
〇 Black pepper (coarsely ground)
To taste
〇 Salt
To taste
For the gravy:
Onion, carrot, celery and other aromatic vegetables
To taste
Red wine
50 ml
Water (or fond de veau)
300 ml
Soup stock granules (or bouillon cube)
To taste
Salt and pepper
a small amount


1. Take the meat out of the refrigerator 2 to 3 hours before you plant to cook it to make it come to room temperature.
2. Rub the garlic and pepper into the beef well. Rub salt into the meat just before you cook it.
3. Heat some oil in a frying pan and brown the surface of the meat evenly. Do this quickly over high temperature to seal in the juices.
4. Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil, put on some thinly sliced aromatic vegetables, and put the meat on top.
5. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes in a 180°C oven. Turn over once.
6. When the meat is done, take it out of the oven and wrap it tightly in aluminium foil. Let rest for 30 minutes to an hour.
7. To make the gravy: Put the aromatic vegetables used to roast the beef in the frying pan you brown the meat in, juices and all, scraping the foil.
8. Add red wine and water, and simmer for about an hour. Strain through a strainer, add the soup stock, and season with salt and pepper
9. Pour the gravy over the roast beef to serve.
10. It goes well with watercress salad and potatoes.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is easy and looks luxurious, so it's great for dinner parties when you're busy, with leftovers to be used in sandwiches the next day.