Roast beef is the Sunday dinner king
Roast beef is a dish to enjoy with family and friends. There is little wonder it is the nation's favourite Sunday dinner. It is part of our national heritage, dish that has been served for centuries. There is even a saying that things are ‘as British as roast beef’.
Even though it has been served for Sunday dinner across many generations, there are still some people though who approach this dish with a little trepidation. Here is how to make a professional job of things whether it is Sunday or any day of the week.
Roast beef is a British Classic
Roast beef quite literally is a dish fit for a king. Legend has it that Beef sirloin was so named after King James I, in the 17th Century, knighted a loin of beef that he particularly enjoyed at a banquet he attended. It is still enjoyed as much today. Large succulent slices of meat sitting on your plate, there really is very little else like it that can put a smile on your face.
Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding is the classic combination with roast potatoes, peas and carrots. A nice bit of horseradish on the table for everyone to share completes the perfect Sunday dinner.
Roast beef around the world
All around the world you will find classic Roast beef recipes with unique local twists that create even more amazing dishes for your family to enjoy. The Middle East, Asia, the Mediterranean, the Americas, and the Far East all add their signature style to this show-stopping meat.
We think that our Roast beef recipes will give you plenty of options. We have 65 delicious recipes from around the UK and the rest of the world. We add new ones all the time so make sure you to check back often.
Roast beef cuts
The key to the best roast beef is to choose the right cut and then choose the right roasting method. A lean topside joint of beef will roast very well with some seasoning and nothing more than a bit of oil to start it off. A silverside roasting joint needs a bit more help to stay succulent and so it is a good idea to keep some liquid at the bottom of the roasting tin to add a bit of steam that keeps the joint moist. If it is a special occasion why not treat your family to a delicious sirloin joint, the English classic roast.
You might also take a look at our famous Midweek Mini roast joint. It delivers on flavour and is ready in a fraction of the cooking time of a traditional large joint of beef. So it’s perfect for a lovely roast during the week when we are all more pressed for time.
Once you match these little tips and tricks to the roast joint you are cooking then you will put a dish on the table that will have them gasping in joy and anticipation.
Take a look at all our roast beef joints and see what grabs your fancy.
Cooking roast beef
To cook perfect roast beef you should note the weight of your roasting joint and then go to our Roasting Guide to find out how long you should roast your beef joint for, so it comes out of the oven just the way you like it. The key to success for any roast beef joint is to let it rest before you carve it. Take it out of the oven 5-10 minutes before you want to serve it, during this time you can be finishing off the vegetables or opening that bottle of wine.
Carving a joint of roast beef is one of those things that is often easier if you are actually shown rather than trying to follow written instructions, so we have a video to show you exactly how it’s done. Then all you have to do is get everyone sat down around the Sunday dinner table and tuck in.