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How to Cook a Roast Beef Dinner

Updated on October 5, 2017
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L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles. She has a keen interest in creating delicious recipes.

Roast Beef Recipes
Roast Beef Recipes | Source

Beef Dinner Recipes

How to cook roast beef with fresh vegetables, roast and mashed potatoes.

This makes a wonderful family dinner. The outside of the beef is very well done and crispy and the inside of the meat is soft and tender.

I give step by step instructions to cook roast and mashed potatoes together with three vegetables of sprouts, carrots and frozen peas.

Cook Time

  • Cook time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
  • Yields: Serves 4 people

Ingredients

  • Joint of Beef
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Sprouts
  • Frozen Peas
  • Gravy Powder

Carving the Meat

Allow the meat to be cooked and out of the oven at least thirty minutes before you dish up the dinner. This lets the meat juices settle. Then you can carve the beef joint easily.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at the highest mark for ten minutes
  2. Take the beef joint out of the packet and rinse under the tap
  3. Add water to a roasting dish, enough to cover a third of the meat
  4. Place the beef in the dish
  5. Put in the oven on the top shelf at the highest setting for ten minutes
  6. Reduce the heat of the oven to 280 degrees and put the roasting dish in the middle part of the oven
  7. After a further 20 minutes remove the dish from the oven. Turn the meat over to the other side in the dish
  8. Put enough tin foil on the meat to cover it completely, making sure to pierce it with a knife.
  9. Cook for a further 1 hour and 40 minutes
  10. Remove from the oven and take off the tin foil. Return to the oven for another 20 minutes
  11. Remove from the oven and put the roast beef on to a plate to cool
Cooked Roast Beef
Cooked Roast Beef | Source

How to Cook Roast Potatoes

There are numerous ways to cook roast potatoes. This is how I do it.

  • Peel and cut up the potatoes to a size you want them to be.

Some people prefer to have large ones so only cut large potatoes in half. Others prefer smaller ones so will cut up the potato into quarters.

You are the cook so you decide.

  • Add a small amount of vegetable or sunflower oil to a roasting dish.
  • Put in the potatoes and turn them around in the oil so that they have been covered in it.
  • An hour before the dinner is due put the potatoes in the oven above the beef
  • They take around an hour depending on how well cooked you want them to be.

Cooked Roast  Potatoes
Cooked Roast Potatoes | Source

Preparing and Cooking

These will only take 20 minutes to cook and a few minutes to drain and add to the plate.

Once these are prepared and cooking it is time to carve the beef.

Mashed Potatoes

  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into small pieces. A large potato should be cut in four.
  • Put them into a saucepan and cover with water.
  • Boil the water and then simmer for twenty minutes.
  • Strain the water from the pot.
  • Add a small knob of butter and mash them.

Frozen Peas

These only take 10 minutes to cook so time it to coincide with the other vegetables.

  • Boil the water in the saucepan
  • When it is boiling add the frozen peas
  • This will cause the water to go off the boil
  • Wait until it comes back on the boil again
  • Then simmer for twenty minutes.
  • Strain the water from the pot.

Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes | Source

How to Cook Sprouts

  • Peel the sprouts of the outer leaves
  • If they are large cut in half. If small leave them whole
  • Put in a saucepan and cover with water
  • Boil the water and then simmer for twenty minutes.
  • Strain the water from the pot.

Cooked Sprouts
Cooked Sprouts | Source

How to Cook Carrots

  • Cut off the top and end.
  • Peel the outer skin from the carrots
  • Cut them in half and then slice length ways in four pieces.
  • Put in a saucepan and cover with water
  • Boil the water and then simmer for twenty minutes.
  • Strain the water from the pot

How to Cook Carrots
How to Cook Carrots | Source

Roast Beef Dinner

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Roast Beef and Vegetable Dinner

Carve up the roast beef into slices and add to the plates.

Making the Gravy

  • Take some of the water that the beef was cooked in and add to a saucepan.
  • Add the same amount of plain water.
  • Take a cup or bowl and add some cold water to it. Put in some gravy powder and stir well.
  • Make sure all the powder has dissolved.
  • Bring the water to the boil in the saucepan.
  • Quickly but evenly add the cold water and gravy powder to the saucepan.
  • Make sure you stir all the time until the gravy is made.
  • Simmer on the lowest heat for 2 minutes stirring occasionally

Now everything should be cooked at the same time. You are ready to serve up a delicious home cooked meal.

How to Make Roast Beef in the Oven

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    • viking305 profile image
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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Yes good old Roast Beef. This is easy to cook because once it is put in the oven it only has to be turned once. So it doesn't take too much looking after while cooking.

      I do love my vegetables, a little bit of each is nice for the contrasting flavours. Thanks Tammy for the comment and the shares

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Save me some! I love homemade meals like this. Your pot roast looks amazing along with all those wonderful vegetables. Great hub with great, appetizing photos. Sharing!!!

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      This dinner is a favourite of mine and I cook it a lot. Beef is cheap enough over here most times. It also freezes very well which is a bonus.

      Lipnancy thanks for reading, yes the photos do it justice. I have to stop cooking and dishing up to take them but it is worth it.

      Victoria there is nothing better than meat, potatoes and three veg for dinner. Thanks for the vote for the photos too. Sorry I made you so hungry lol

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I even gave you a "beautiful" vote on this one because the pictures really are! I'm always appreciative of a good roast and veggie recipe. This looks great--and well-presented. Excuse me, but I must go have some lunch now. Hungry! Great job!

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Love the pictures. It sounds so good.

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      A lovely roast dinner is always worth taking the time to prepare and cook. I had family over a few months ago and after a few days we decided to have fish and chips from the chippy because we had been out all day. My 7 year old nephew who loves food from the chippy said "oh no are we not having one of your lovely dinners tonight." Lol

      Yes Turtlewoman I do have a tendency to give large helpings lol

      Ah Brett that is a shame you have not got access to a proper kitchen. I have often been too poor over the years to have decent dinners so I know how hard it is not to have a proper meat, potatoes and 3 veg dinner sometimes.

      Simone it is very tasty but not as much as roast lamb which we are having tonight

      Thank you everyone for taking the time to leave a comment and share

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Ah-HAH! So that's how roast beef is made! You know, I don't think I ever had it (back in the days when I ate meat). Too bad- it looks tasty!!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Makes me wish I had access to a proper kitchen over here! lol ... looks delicious.

      Shared ready for the weekend, up and useful.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Wow that is a big serving. Love roast beef. Can I come over for dinner?

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      Roast beef and all the trimmings is one of my favourite dinners. It is easy to cook and always comes out tasting delicious!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Your roast beef dinner looks fabulous. Now I'm hungry!