Roasts for your holiday table from Texas Beef Council

Texas Beef Council: Roasts for your holiday table

Enjoy making a roast for your holiday table this season with these tips from Shalene McNeil of the Texas Beef Council.



Favorite herb or seasoning (fresh pepper, salt, garlic, thyme)

Instructions - Making the holiday Beef roast in 3 easy steps

1. Choosing – choices are

a. Tenderloin

b. Rib roast (i.e., Prime Rib)

c. Rump roast (sirloin)

d. Top Loin roast

e. Tri tip

Amount to buy: 2-3 servings per pound

2. Cooking

a. Shallow roasting pan with a rack

b. Rub with favorite herb or seasoning (fresh pepper, salt, garlic, thyme)

c. Cook at 350 for 20 min per pound

d. Use thermometer to ensure proper doneness – (135 = med rare)

3. Carving

a. Remove from oven

b. Tent with foil and let rest 15 min before carving

c. Carve thin slices with sharp knife

d. Serve with families favorite sides

4. Finally – remember 3 Cs: Accept praise as hero of holidays.

Never let them know it was this easy.

Roasting Tips

o Plan for approximately 3 ounces of cooked beef per serving or 6 ounces for "holiday helpings." A boneless beef roast will yield about 1-1/2 to 2 six-ounce servings per pound (cooked) and a bone-in roast will yield about 1 to 1-1/2 six-ounce servings per pound (cooked).

• Oven proof thermometers are important to achieve desired doneness when cooking a large roast. Discuss the different types of meat thermometers for different budgets.

• Discuss the type of pan used to dry roast – we are using a shallow roasting pan which is perfect to catch flavorful juices for gravy or au jus. A Dutch oven is not ideal for dry roasting as the meat will have a tendency to steam or poach.

• Roasts make a perfect holiday gift for family and friends. Include a rub recipe and a meat thermometer with cooking times.

• Smaller roasts are perfect for holiday appetizers thinly sliced and served in a dinner roll from the bakery with a creamy horseradish spread.

• During the holidays leftovers are always welcomed! Use the leftover roast from this recipe for a roast beef sandwich. Place on a crusty roll and use typical sandwich sides like mustard, tomato and lettuce or serve with a cream cheese spread and spinach.

• Beef roasts are best served with vibrant colored items as sides incorporate your family's own favorite side dishes!

• Serve this elegant roast with a full bodied red wine like Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon or Italian Merlot.

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