I am getting a bit sick of this searing saga title(s). I promise you this is the last one!
Having ascertained that reverse searing can be a very useful technique when cooking steaks, I thought I would try it out on roast beef. Now, when I say ‘roast beef’ I mean roast beef the way Italians think of it which is not the way the Brits would. For starters, the cut of meat is not the same and often it gets cooked on the stove top rather than roasted in an oven. It tastes really nice by the way! Just ‘different’ – and it is eaten, thinly sliced, at room temperature (usually during summer months). I wrote about this a few years ago: https://myhomefoodthatsamore.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/roast-beef-the-italian-way/.
I asked my butcher to give some meat for the roast beef, all 1.6 kg of it. I forget which cut it was but I seem to remember the shoulder. Whatever: it would not be the cut of beef that I would ordinarily use to make a classic roast beef.
Anyway, I began this time by turning the oven on at 200°C – the only reason being that I blithely forgot to consult the article I had read on reverse searing (which advocated 50°C as it turned out). I think I had a gut feeling that with such a large piece of meat, it was better to deal with a higher temperature. Also, instead of the 30-minute oven roast … I opted for 40 minutes. Searing it in an iron saucepan turned out to be a bit of a challenge on account of its shape, which made it wobble. It wouldn’t sit still the way the steak did, and in the end I used a fork at either end to curtail its rocking and rolling.
All in all: good results, not difficult to make, and tasted good. What more could anyone want?
It doesn’t look very fetching at this point.
And, as you can see, its bent shape means that it was difficult to keep still while I heaved and ho-ed getting to sear it.
Use a cast iron saucepan. My favourite olive oil: Quattrociocchi’s.
Coat the meat with plenty of salt and olive oil.
And place it in the iron saucepan only after it has become very hot.
There, now. Finished.
I am so glad I let it cook in the oven for a little bit more (i.e. 40 minutes instead of 30).
We had some for dinner that night. And the rest got put in the freezer, to savour in the not so distant future when the temperatures will soar and we can enjoy it at room temperature with some rocket leaves and shaved parmesan.
It was nice that evening with mustard and with home-made horseradish.
Favourite daughter came for dinner that evening and stayed the night. There were some leftovers for her to take to work. So that’s another good thing about roast beef . It can be sliced very thinly and a little goes a long way.