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Perfect Roast Rib of Beef with Watercress Crème Fraiche

Image for Recipe - Perfect Roast Rib of Beef with Watercress Crème Fraiche
  • Time preparation 20 minutes
  • cook time 2 hours, plus resting
  • Serve Serves 6-8

Looking for inspiration for your Sunday roast? We can't get enough of this delicious roast beef rib recipe, which is served with a watercress crème fraiche sauce on the side. Serve it with golden, crispy roast potatoes and seasonal veg (and, of course, some yorkshire puddings)

Recipe provided by the Watercress Company
  • 1 whole aged forerib of beef
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 300g watercress
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 500ml crème fraiche
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 220°C. Massage the whole beef joint with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Place in a roasting tray and cook in the oven for 30 minutes when the meat should be well-browned.

Turn the oven down to 180°C and open to door for a minute to allow it to cool quickly. Place the beef back in the oven and allow a further 15 minutes per 500g for medium rare, or 12 minutes per 500g for rare.

Remove from the oven and place on a warm plate or carving tray. Leave the meat to rest for a minimum of half an hour.

Just before serving, make the sauce. Fry the watercress in the butter and oil until wilted. Add the mustard and crème fraiche and gently bring to a simmer. Do not allow the sauce to become too hot as the crème fraiche may split.

Season to taste then serve alongside the beef with all the trimmings.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole aged forerib of beef
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 300g watercress
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 500ml crème fraiche
  • Salt and pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 220°C. Massage the whole beef joint with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Place in a roasting tray and cook in the oven for 30 minutes when the meat should be well-browned.

Turn the oven down to 180°C and open to door for a minute to allow it to cool quickly. Place the beef back in the oven and allow a further 15 minutes per 500g for medium rare, or 12 minutes per 500g for rare.

Remove from the oven and place on a warm plate or carving tray. Leave the meat to rest for a minimum of half an hour.

Just before serving, make the sauce. Fry the watercress in the butter and oil until wilted. Add the mustard and crème fraiche and gently bring to a simmer. Do not allow the sauce to become too hot as the crème fraiche may split.

Season to taste then serve alongside the beef with all the trimmings.

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