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?