Roast Beef For Christmas

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Just a heads up, the roast beef for Christmas is a little late this year. I know everyone is waiting with bated breath, but it just didn’t turn out as good as expected. I promise though — it will be worth the wait. Food. Food is the best part of Christmas. That, and presents and family time, oh, AND FOOD! Do you know what’s a great food to have on Christmas? Roast Beef, that’s what!

Perfect roast beef

COOKED ON LOVELY SEASONAL VEGGIES

  • DAIRY-FREE
  • GLUTEN-FREE

“A simple way to roast topside of beef to ensure it’s super succulent, every time ”

SERVES 6

COOKS IN1 HOUR 5 MINUTES PLUS RESTING TIME

DIFFICULTYNOT TOO TRICKY

NUTRITION PER SERVING
  • Calories56428%
  • Fat35g50%
  • Saturates14g70%
  • Sugars6.2g7%
  • Salt1.0g17%
  • Protein52.8g105%
  • Carbs9.8g4%
  • Fibre2.2g-

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg topside of beef
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 1 bunch of mixed fresh herbs , such as thyme, rosemary, bay, sage
  • olive oil

Method

  1. Remove the beef from the fridge 30 minutes before you want to cook it, to let it come up to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 240°C/475°F/ gas 9.
  3. Wash and roughly chop the vegetables – there’s no need to peel them. Break the garlic bulb into cloves, leaving them unpeeled.
  4. Pile all the veg, garlic and herbs into the middle of a large roasting tray and drizzle with oil.
  5. Drizzle the beef with oil and season well with sea salt and black pepper, then rub all over the meat. Place the beef on top of the vegetables.
  6. Place the tray in the oven, then turn the heat down immediately to 200°C/400°F/gas 6 and cook for 1 hour for medium beef. If you prefer it medium-rare, take it out 5 to 10 minutes earlier. For well done, leave it in for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. If you’re doing roast potatoes and veggies, this is the time to crack on with them – get them into the oven for the last 45 minutes of cooking.
  8. Baste the beef halfway through cooking and if the veg look dry, add a splash of water to the tray to stop them from burning.
  9. When the beef is cooked to your liking, take the tray out of the oven and transfer the beef to a board to rest for 15 minutes or so. Cover it with a layer of tin foil and a tea towel and leave aside while you make your gravy, horseradish sauce and Yorkshire puddings.

Impressive Roast Beef Recipes You Should Make for Christmas Dinner

Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin

When it comes to Christmas dinner, it doesn’t get more traditional than roast beef. Looking for a new way to serve it up? Choose from these Christmas roast recipes that range from grandma’s to gourmet.

Roast Beef with Rosemary

Roast Beef with Rosemary

Family will flock to the table once they get a whiff of this aromatic beef tenderloin roast. Rosemary, pepper, anchovies, and garlic come together to season this Christmas roast dinner. Serve the finished dish with crispy smashed potatoes and a sprinkle of fresh rosemary

Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Your morning cup of joe just found a new job: moonlighting at Christmas dinner. Rubbed with ground coffee, brown sugar, garlic, and paprika, this revamped roast beef is wonderfully robust.

Test Kitchen Tip: Like a smokey flavor in your Christmas roast? Substitute the same amount of smoked paprika for the regular paprika

Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream

This roast beef recipe is spiced with a peppercorn rub and creamy horseradish sauce. Serve it to your guests with crisp green beans and roasted vegetables to round out the classic Christmas dinner menu

Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan-Herb Stuffing

Roast beef gets even more delicious when it’s filled with crowd-pleasing ingredients. Cremini mushrooms, prosciutto, garlic, and croutons make the stuffing, while a wine sauce is drizzled over every mouthwatering bite.

Balsamic Beef Roast with Polenta

Shake up Christmas dinner with a meal the family will love. Balsamic roast beef grows tender after spending a day in the slow cooker ($25, Target) beside balsamic vinegar, onions, and Italian seasonings. Soft polenta serves as the perfect accompaniment to this bold, flavorful dish.

Beef Brisket with Roasted Grapes

This Christmas roast beef recipe requires a bit of planning but the tender, juicy results are totally worth it. Roast the brisket the day before you plan to serve it. Refrigerate the meat overnight to help the flavors intensify. Simply reheat and serve.

Pan-Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms

Serve up a showstopping beef tenderloin Christmas dinner in just 20 minutes. This quick holiday recipe is pan-roasted until tender and juicy. In the same skillet ($40, Target), whip up a quick creamy mushroom sauce. Finish the dish with freshly ground black pepper and a sprinkle of thyme.

German-Style Beef Roast

Go for international flair with this German-inspired pot roast. Dill, mustard, and pepper flavor the hearty meal, and the spaetzle side completes this authentic and delicious dinner

Rosemary Beef Tenderloin

Warm, creamy goat cheese nestled between cuts of beef tenderloin makes this dish platter-worthy. Add freshly sliced figs, radishes, and miniature globe artichokes to complete the display. Just before serving, sprinkle the Christmas roast with fresh rosemary.

Peppercorn Roast Beef with Herbed Yorkshire Puddings

Go totally classic and cook up this beef roast recipe, complete with Yorkshire pudding on the side. Despite its name, Yorkshire pudding is similar to a popover, and it provides the perfect mop-up for your juicy roast

Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Mediterranean Relish

Put a surprising twist on an old favorite by moving your beef tenderloin from the oven to the grill. Add Mediterranean standbys like Kalamata olives, plum tomatoes, and sweet peppers for a delightful new way to enjoy this Christmas roast dinner.

Beef Tenderloins with Wine Sauce

Simple flavor combos are often the most decadent. Take a note from classic French cooking and create this pan sauce with sauteed onions and red wine, then add to the beef tenderloin drippings for a delicious Christmas meal that will make a cold night cozy

Panko-Crusted Beef Roast

A mustardy panko crust gives this Christmas roast dinner an irresistible crunchy texture. Roast it alongside baby potatoes and zucchini for a complete holiday meal. Round out your holiday menu with a fresh salad and dessert

Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Christmas is all about traditions, and this classic dish will never go out of style. Tenderloin roasted with rosemary, oregano, and thyme will be a comfort to those gathered around your table this holiday.

Roast Beef with Beets and Chicories

Balance the spiciness of this peppercorn-crusted Christmas roast beef with a bright and colorful vegetable salad. We’re using in-season chicories (bitter greens including radicchio, escarole, frisee, and Belgium endive) to balance the earthy beets. Serve the dish with a homemade horseradish sauce

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Roast Beef with Rosemary

Roast Beef with Rosemary

Family will flock to the table once they get a whiff of this aromatic beef tenderloin roast. Rosemary, pepper, anchovies, and garlic come together to season this Christmas roast dinner. Serve the finished dish with crispy smashed potatoes and a sprinkle of fresh rosemary.

Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Your morning cup of joe just found a new job: moonlighting at Christmas dinner. Rubbed with ground coffee, brown sugar, garlic, and paprika, this revamped roast beef is wonderfully robust.

Test Kitchen Tip: Like a smokey flavor in your Christmas roast? Substitute the same amount of smoked paprika for the regular paprika.

Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream

Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream

This roast beef recipe is spiced with a peppercorn rub and creamy horseradish sauce. Serve it to your guests with crisp green beans and roasted vegetables to round out the classic Christmas dinner menu.

Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan-Herb Stuffing

Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan-Herb Stuffing

Roast beef gets even more delicious when it’s filled with crowd-pleasing ingredients. Cremini mushrooms, prosciutto, garlic, and croutons make the stuffing, while a wine sauce is drizzled over every mouthwatering bite.

Balsamic Beef Roast with Polenta

Balsamic Beef Roast with Polenta

Shake up Christmas dinner with a meal the family will love. Balsamic roast beef grows tender after spending a day in the slow cooker ($25, Target) beside balsamic vinegar, onions, and Italian seasonings. Soft polenta serves as the perfect accompaniment to this bold, flavorful dish.

Beef Brisket with Roasted Grapes

Beef Brisket with Roasted Grapes

This Christmas roast beef recipe requires a bit of planning but the tender, juicy results are totally worth it. Roast the brisket the day before you plan to serve it. Refrigerate the meat overnight to help the flavors intensify. Simply reheat and serve.

Pan-Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms

Pan-Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms

Serve up a showstopping beef tenderloin Christmas dinner in just 20 minutes. This quick holiday recipe is pan-roasted until tender and juicy. In the same skillet ($40, Target), whip up a quick creamy mushroom sauce. Finish the dish with freshly ground black pepper and a sprinkle of thyme.

German-Style Beef Roast

German-Style Beef Roast

Go for international flair with this German-inspired pot roast. Dill, mustard, and pepper flavor the hearty meal, and the spaetzle side completes this authentic and delicious dinner.

Rosemary Beef Tenderloin

Rosemary Beef Tenderloin

Warm, creamy goat cheese nestled between cuts of beef tenderloin makes this dish platter-worthy. Add freshly sliced figs, radishes, and miniature globe artichokes to complete the display. Just before serving, sprinkle the Christmas roast with fresh rosemary.

Peppercorn Roast Beef with Herbed Yorkshire Puddings

Peppercorn Roast Beef with Herbed Yorkshire Puddings

Go totally classic and cook up this beef roast recipe, complete with Yorkshire pudding on the side. Despite its name, Yorkshire pudding is similar to a popover, and it provides the perfect mop-up for your juicy roast.

Christmas beef recipes

Create a stunning centrepiece to serve as a delicious alternative to turkey with our best ever Christmas beef recipes. Try a filling fillet or wonderful wellington

  • Beef wellington with red wine gravyA star rating of 5 out of 5.18 ratingsUpdate a celebration dinner centrepiece using prosciutto instead of pancakes to encase beef and porcini mushroom stuffing
  • Beef fillet with horseradish & prosciuttoA star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratingsWrapping this alternative Christmas roast or Sunday dinner in ham adds flavour and protects the meat, resulting in a really tender cut of beef
  • Roast sirloin of beefA star rating of 4.9 out of 5.15 ratingsGary Rhodes’ delicious, succulent roast beef dish is perfect for a Boxing Day lunch or an alternative Christmas Day roast. And it only calls for four ingredients!
  • Porcini-buttered roast beef sirloin with pickled peppercorn sauceA star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratingsCarve this rolled sirloin at the Christmas dinner table. The porcini butter adds a fabulous umami note, and pickled peppercorns cut through the creamy sauce
  • Porcini-rubbed rib of beefA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.6 ratingsThis rib of beef is a real showstopper and packed with umami flavour, but it’s so easy to make too. Rub in the porcini powder and salt 24 hours before cooking and let it do the hard work for you
  • Spiced roast beefA star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratingsMatt Tebbutt’s roast beef combines spices and meltingly tender meat. It’ll be just as good cold, too
  • Beef wellingtonA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.253 ratingsGordon Ramsay’s version of the classic steak dish – a showstopping centrepiece on a special occasion
  • Daube of beef with spiced beetrootA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.10 ratingsServe Tony Tobin’s Christmassy casserole with a really good, creamy mash
  • Rare beef with mustard YorkshiresA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.5 ratingsRoast beef is always an impressive dish to bring to the table, make it extra special with Sara Buenfeld’s recipe
  • Roast fillet of beef with mushroom stuffingA star rating of 4.9 out of 5.20 ratingsServe up a spectacular centrepiece of roast beef with a rich stuffing, and a clever twist on Yorkshire puddings
  • Beef fillet with red wine sauceA star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratingsLuxuriously tender meat, soaked in a herby, garlicky marinade makes for a mouthwatering main course, fit for a feast
  • Herb & pepper crusted rib of beefA star rating of 5 out of 5.14 ratingsPlanning a dinner party? James Martin’s crusted roast beef will wow your guests
  • Herb-scented slow-roasted rib of beefA star rating of 3.5 out of 5.10 ratingsTry this flavour-packed herb-scented rib of beef as an alternative to turkey at Christmas. It includes a decadent glaze of mustard, treacle and Bovril
  • Spiced roast beef with red wine gravyA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 ratingsMarinade your fillet with peppercorn, fennel and mustard seeds then roast until rare – the gravy is gluten-free too!
  • Ale-glazed beef fillet with a crispy onion crustA star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratingsForget traditional turkey – try Tommy’s quick beef fillet for an alternative Christmas main. It’s a showstopping dish that’s easy to make

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