Roast Beef with a Spice and Herb Crust

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves, minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp honey mustard
  • 1 tbsp Garam masala** (recipe in method)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1kg beef rib eye, for roast

Method

  1. Combine together all the ingredients for the paste and rub over the piece to roast. Let marinate for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220°. In a roasting pan, place the roast fat side up and roast in hot oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 150°C and let roast till an instant-read thermometer when inserted into the thickest part reads 43°C-48°C for rare, 48°C-51°C for medium rare, and 54°C to 57°C for medium, (about 20-30 minutes per pound).
  3. Take out of oven, cover loosely with foil and let rest* for 20-30 minutes before
    carving.

Garam Masala:

Equal portions in weight of cumin seed, black peppercorns, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon stick. Grind together in a coffee mill. For a slightly stronger flavour, you may roast the spices lightly before grinding.

*Resting is essential for large cuts of meat – the meat continuous to cook whilst redistributing the juices.
**Available at Indian stores, or alternatively above is a simple recipe which you can put together.

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