Beef Roast

With sweet potato chips, cauliflower mash, baked potatoes and baby carrots

A few nights ago I cooked a fairly simple roast beef and some veggies. It’s been very cold the past couple of weeks so it was a welcome hearty meal. I picked up a pre-marinated cut of beef from the supermarket and grabbed a whole heap of different vegetables.

I tried a different method with my potatoes this time by par-cooking them. I quartered about six royal blue potatoes and placed them in a saucepan of cold water. I brought this to the boil and let them cook for a couple of minutes, and then drained them. Then I put the lid back on the saucepan and gave it a good shake to roughen up the surface of the potatoes, which is meant to make them crunchier. They were pretty soft though by this stage so a couple of pieces lost their skins and mushed up a bit.  I then coated them in some olive oil, salt and rosemary,  and baked them for about 20 minutes. They came out way crunchier than usual with fluffy insides. I’ll play around with this method some more but I think it’s a keeper.

The cauliflower I just cut into florets and boiled until soft. I then ‘mashed’ it with my stick blender and added a little butter, cheese and seasoning. It’s a slightly unusal way to eat cauliflower but I really like it. It’s more watery than mashed potato but it doesn’t taste so different, and I like to think it’s better for you.

The sweet potato chips were a new attempt for me. Sweet potato is very high in sugar, hence the name; which means it caramelises very easily. I figured if I cut the potato into fairly thin sticks it would caramelise on the outside and go a little crunchy. I spaced them out evenly on baking paper and coated with a bit of oil and salt. I baked them on a high heat in the hope that this would crisp them up even more. They came out well, but not as crunchy as I was hoping for. Apparantly it is difficult to make sweet potato as crunchy as regular potato because of it’s higher water content, but I will keep experimenting with this chip idea.

The baby carrots were so easy. I just chopped off the leaves and sauteed them in a little butter and a good squeeze of lemon juice. The acidity of the lemon really contrasted well with the sweetness of the carrots, and the sweet potato also on my plate.

Oh and the beef was really good too, although I was aiming for medium rather than well done.

Published in: on July 15, 2011 at 1:25 am  Comments (8)  
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  1. Oh god, everything looks and sounds so delicious. Bad idea to read this blog whilst hungry at 2am :P

    • Thanks! I know that feeling well.

  2. Hello, I’m so happy I found your blog. The photos are just beautiful and I don’t know which of your dishes I want to make first. Actually, the chocolate cake with the candied orange peel is really talking to me. I do love roast beef and the vegetables look great.

    • Thanks Karen. My photos are definitely improving but I’m still just using a very cheap point-and-snap.

      Give the cake a go, it’s actually very easy! You don’t have to worry about incorporating air into the mixture or any silly business like that. Just don’t have the oven up too hot or it will crack.

      • Thank you for the advice about avoiding cracks. I use a point and shot camera also but your photos are great. It has to be the person behind the camera not what’s in front that makes the difference.

  3. I am so in love with this recipe!

    • Thankyou :)

  4. […] juices. We used the par-cooking method again because it had worked so well last time, when I did this roast. I just tossed them in my usual rosemary, salt and olive oil combination and placed them skin side […]

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