A CELEBRATORY CENTREPIECE
QI think roast beef makes an impressive centrepiece in any party. Could you share an easy, fool-proof recipe that has some spice as well?
ARoast beef does make for an impressive centrepiece, but it is equally important that it tastes great too. Here’s a recipe that has never failed me.
Take 2 to 3kg topside joint of beef that is at room temperature. Massage 2 tbsp of olive oil all over the meat. Keep aside. Coarsely grind together 1 tbsp juniper berries, 1 tbsp coriander seeds, 1 tbsp black pepper and 1 tbsp allspice berries. Rub this spice mix all over the meat and cover with aluminium foil. Refrigerate overnight to allow it to marinate well. The next day, preheat the oven to 190°C and remove the foil. Weigh your meat and roast it for 10 minutes per 450g for rare; or 15 minutes per 450g for medium, plus an extra 20 minutes.
Once the meat is done to the desired level, take it out of the oven, cover it with foil and allow it rest for at least 20 minutes. When ready to serve, slice it into pieces. Save leftovers in an airtight container. Cool to room temperature before serving. Do not heat it as it might lose its flavour and turn dry.