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Rare Roast Beef with Fresh Herbs and Basil Oil. Photo © Antonis Achilleos
© Antonis Achilleos

Rare Roast Beef with Fresh Herbs and Basil Oil

  • ACTIVE: 20 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
  • SERVINGS: 6
  • HEALTHY

Adapted from a recipe in author Patricia Wells's latest cookbook, Salad as a Meal, this rosy roast beef with basil oil seems decadent but contains only two grams of saturated fat per serving.

  1. 1 1/2-pound beef eye of round roast
  2. 1/2 cup mix of finely chopped rosemary, mint and tarragon
  3. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  4. 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  5. 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  1. Preheat the oven to 475°. Generously coat the roast with half of the chopped herb mixture and season with salt and pepper.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Notes One serving 200 cal, 36 gm carb, 10.4 gm fat, 2.1 gm sat fat, 26 gm protein.

Suggested Pairing

Rich, spicy Napa Cabernet.

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