How to make super delicious roast beef? It’s easy. Low and slow. I can guarantee tender tasty and succulent beef like you’ve never had before.
Last week I made some slowly roasted lamb shoulder and did a leftover roast lamb thing with my vacuum packaging machine (aka the Sunbeam FoodSaver).
I was speaking with Mum on Monday afternoon and she mentioned she had cooked a nice piece of blade. Blade is a cut that is often tough and chewy if it isn’t cooked properly. I wondered how it would go if I roasted it and then vacuum packed some of it. Well this is a part one and tonight I’ll focus on the first stage, i.e., the low and slow roasting.
- Beef blade 500 g piece
- Tricolour quinoa 100 g
- Green peppercorns 1 tin
- Garlic half a dozen cloves
- Lemon zested and quartered, save the juice for the salad
- Star anise 2 stars
- Kale coleslaw
- Spring onions
- Brown onion 1 large one
- Bring the blade to room temperature and heat the oven to 150 °C (300 °F)
- In a baking tray add 1 cm (½ inch) of water
- Add the tin of green peppercorns
- Add the garlic cloves (you may also want to add some ginger)
- Add the lemon quarters to each point of the baking tray
- Cut the onion in half and use as a trivet
- Add the meat and place it on top of the onion
- Season the meat with salt and pepper and add the lemon zest and star anise
- Cover with aluminium (not aluminum) foil and seal
- Place into the oven for 3 hours
- Once the meat is cooked allow it to rest for 20 minutes
- While the meat is resting, make the salad
- Dice the avocado and mango and add to the kale coleslaw
- From the baking tray remove and discard the lemon, garlic and star anise
- Drain the quinoa and peppercorns, keep the stock and put into the refrigerator
- Add a tablespoon of the tasty quinoa peppercorns to the salad and mix in with the lemon juice and some of the lemon zest
- Cut the meat into thirds
- Vacuum pack two piece of meat separately with half an onion each plus half of the remaining quinoa peppercorns in each
- Slice the remaining beef thinly
- Plate up the salad and add the meat on top
- Shoot a photograph
- In future try to remember to snapchat a photograph (yes my snapchat handle is yummy_lummy)
- Eat the meal
- Wash the dishes
- Write the recipe
- Blog (verb)
- Watch TV on Netflix
Here are some photographs of this afternoon’s endeavours.
So sometime later I’ll thaw out a piece of vacuum packed beef, reheat it and then enjoy it. I’ll let you know what it’s like.
Have you got a favourite roast beef recipe? How do you cook it?
Disclaimer and a note on mass and energy
I have no culinary training nor qualifications. This post is not intended to convey any health or medical advice. If you have any health concerns about anything you read, please contact your registered medical practitioner.
For recipe posts the quantities are indicative. Feel free to vary the quantities to suit your taste.
I deliberately do not calculate energy for dishes. I deliberately default to 500 Calories or 500,000 calories because I do not make these calculations.