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English Roast Beef Dinner

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English Roast Beef Dinner
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


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


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."