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Stupid-Simple Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream
© Chris Court

Stupid-Simple Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream

  • ACTIVE: 15 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 5 HRS Plus 2 days curing
  • SERVINGS: 8 to 10
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • STAFF-FAVORITE

This is the best roast beef recipe ever! Just be sure to buy the roast with the full fat cap left on; otherwise the meat will be too salty.

  1. 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  2. One 7- to 8-pound top round beef roast, tied with the full fat cap on the roast
  3. 1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper, plus more for seasoning
  4. 1 cup sour cream
  5. 1/2 cup prepared horseradish
  1. Set a rack over a baking sheet. Rub 1/2 cup of the salt all over the roast and let stand for 10 minutes. Repeat with another 1/2 cup of the salt. Transfer the roast to the rack and refrigerate uncovered for 2 days. Bring to room temperature 3 hours before roasting.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450°. Season the meat with pepper and roast for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 225° and roast for about 1 hour and 30 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the roast registers 120°. Let the meat rest for 30 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, mix the sour cream with the horseradish and the remaining 1 tablespoon of salt and pepper. Slice the roast and serve with the horseradish cream.
Make Ahead The roast beef can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Serve warm or chilled. The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Suggested Pairing

Berry-rich California Cabernet Sauvignon.