Horseradish-Crusted Roast Beef
- ACTIVE: 10 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 2 HR 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 8 to 10
To showcase deeply flavorful grass-fed beef, butcher-shop owners Jessica and Josh Applestone make a simple roast beef using any number of cuts, including rib loin (prime rib), top round or a tied sirloin tip. The roastdeliciously crusted with horseradish and black peppercornsis perfect hot out of the oven, but it's also amazing cold on a sandwich: Thinly slice the roast beef and serve it on white bread with horseradish mayonnaise and juicy tomatoes.
- One 6-pound sirloin tip roast, preferably grass-fed, tied
- 1/2 cup prepared horseradish
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 375°. Set a rack in a large, deep roasting pan and place the beef roast on the rack.
- In a small bowl, blend the horseradish with the salt, Dijon mustard, chopped parsley, ground pepper, sugar and sherry vinegar to form a paste. Slather the paste all over the top and sides of the meat. Roast in the lower third of the oven for about 2 hours, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the roast registers 125°. Transfer the roast to a cutting board and let rest for at least 20 minutes.
- Discard the string and thinly slice the roast beef across the grain. Transfer the meat to a platter and serve.
The powerfully spicy crust on this impressive roast makes it difficult to match with a classic beef partner, like Cabernet Sauvignonhorseradish tends to make Cabernets taste astringent. Instead, look for a ripe, sweetly fruity Zinfandel, with juicy berry flavors that will work better with the horseradish.