Thursday, February 17, 2011

Recipe Lust: Rare Roast Beef

I couldn't tell you when the March Food & Wine arrived in the mailbox, but I do know it was waiting in all it's glory on the dining room table as I was walking out the door for work last night.

Food & Wine is my own personal food porn. It's disgusting that I can sit for hours pouring over the magazine admiring the pictures and reading every recipe page by page, word for word. This recipe had me from the moment I laid my eyes on it. I plan on trying this very soon. As soon as my very busy schedule allows, that is.

Rare Roast Beef with Fresh Herbs & Basil Oil

1 1/2-pound beef eye of round roast
1/2 cup mix of finely chopped rosemary, mint and tarragon 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
2 cups fresh basil leaves

Preheat the oven to 475°. Generously coat the roast with half of the chopped herb mixture and season with salt and pepper.

In a large ovenproof skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over moderately high heat. Add the roast and lightly brown it on all sides, about 3 minutes. Wipe out the skillet, return the meat to it and roast in the oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 110°, about 25 minutes. Transfer the roast to a cutting board and season again with salt and pepper. Cover loosely with foil and let rest for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil and fill a bowl with ice water. Blanch the basil in the saucepan for 15 seconds. Transfer the basil to the ice water; drain well and squeeze out all of the excess water. Transfer the basil to a blender. Add the remaining 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt and blend thoroughly.

Thinly slice the roast and drizzle each portion with 1/2 tablespoon basil oil. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup chopped herbs and serve.


TheThingAboutDaisies said...

This looks AMAZING and I must try it!

Jessi said...

that looks so tasty! I have a roast in the fridge...