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English Roast Beef Dinner

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English Roast Beef Dinner

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2011-07-18 Other
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My English-born mother wrote these directions after she became ill and was not able to make this dinner. Our family had come down to live with them and we were preparing a special dinner for someone's birthday. I think that my father had decided that I sometimes put too much garlic on things, so they were firm that there be no garlic on the roast!

  • Servings: 6
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Beef Roast
Potatoes, medium for baking
Green Beans, fresh or frozen
Horseradish
Sour Cream
Butter
Green Onions, chopped
Basic Gravy Recipe, for roasts (british cooking
Yorkshire Pudding Recipe, british cooking

Directions:

1 Work out timing to be sure everything is ready at the same time. My mother had a convection oven & a regular oven so the Yorkshire pudding could begin cooking at a different temperature while the beef roast was in the regular oven. For a meal where it is best to have everything done at the same time, 2 ovens are best.

2 A lean roast beef cooks at 20-25 minutes per pound in a preheated 350 degree oven on the lower rack. A meat thermometer is best for ensuring that the roast does not overcook. Putting a couple of wads of butter on the roast beef during cooking improves the gravy.

3 Baked potatoes are better when cooked in a regular oven. Wash and soak them in water for 15 minutes. Dry & rub with butter. Cook for 1 hour or until done with the Roast Beef and the Yorkshire Pudding.

4 Make the Yorkshire Pudding (see recipe) and place in 9x13 glass dish with 1/4 cup vegetable oil that has been preheated in a 450 degree oven. Cook for 15-20 minutes, then place in oven with the roast (top rack)for the last 30 minutes. Extra Yorkshire Pudding can be done in the second oven.

5 When the roast is almost done, remove from pan & place it in another dish for the last 15 minutes of cooking, in order to make the gravy. Make Basic Gravy for Roasts (see recipe).

6 Cook fresh or frozen green beans, or green vegetable of choice. (My oldest son prefers broccoli.) Keep warm.

7 Mix horseradish with a little sour cream, and place in 2 small dishes for easier serving at the table.

8 Have a couple of small containers of finely chopped green onions, and also small dishes of sour cream, and of butter as accompaniments for the potatoes.

9 "Lay the table festively. Leave the kitchen counter clear so that all hands can help dish up."