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Old 03-19-2006, 11:00 AM   #1
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Roast Beef, what cut?

I want to make a nice roast next weekend. I will be going out of town to get an all natural beef roast (no antibiotics, steriods, etc) on Friday.

This roast will just be for the two of us and I will add potatoes, carrots and onions.

When it comes to cuts of beef, I'm pretty green. Hubby and I both require a very tender cut of beef due to various health reasons.

Would you suggest a tenderloin? Also, what weight?

Any cooking suggestions? I use my crockpot most of the time but it cooks hot and I wouldn't mind using the oven for a roast if it comes out better.
Thanks!

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Old 03-19-2006, 11:06 AM   #2
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Angie:

A tenderloin would be terrific. But definitely in the oven, not the Crockpot. You would need a small roast, maybe 3-4 pounds. I recommend cooking it to rare or medium rare. That's when tenderloin is at it's best.
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Old 03-19-2006, 11:08 AM   #3
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Thanks Andy! I've never cooked a roast in the oven...any suggestions or hints before I dig up a recipe?
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Old 03-19-2006, 11:13 AM   #4
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Tenderloin is a very lean meat so I would cook it at a high temperature.

Preheat the oven to 400F. In an oven-proof skillet, sear the meat over high heat on all sides then transfer the skillet to the oven. Cook to rare or medium-rare and remove to a plate and cover to rest for 10-15 minutes.

While the meat is resting, place the pan on a burner and add some minced shallots and cook until the shallots are soft and fragrant. Add some red wine and scrape the browned bits of the bottom of the pan and stir to dissolve. Reduce the liquid to half, remove from the heat and stir in a couple of pats of butter.
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Oh, one more thing...I ALWAYS salt my beef when I cook it but someone told me to NOT salt a roast as it will make it tough. Fact? Fiction?
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Yummm....thanks again Andy!
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Old 03-19-2006, 11:20 AM   #7
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A nice piece of roastbeef would be okay, or the "Tafelspitz" as we say in Germany somewhere between filet and shoulder... Can't explain...
just look at it if you buy it, tehre should be a bit of white in it, otherwise it will be too dry soon...

Put it in a hot pan first and roast from all sides until brown...
then into the oven... don't know about time, we have thermometer to control the inner temperature, which should be around 70°C/160°F....
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Originally Posted by Andy M.
Tenderloin is a very lean meat so I would cook it at a high temperature.

Preheat the oven to 400F. In an oven-proof skillet, sear the meat over high heat on all sides then transfer the skillet to the oven. Cook to rare or medium-rare and remove to a plate and cover to rest for 10-15 minutes.
I would never do it at this high temperature....325C is high enough, okay, it takes a bit longer, but it is much better from the flavour and everything else....
I can't explain in englisch....
hard enough in German.... never heard of the advantages of low-temperaure-cooking?
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Oh, one more thing...I ALWAYS salt my beef when I cook it but someone told me to NOT salt a roast as it will make it tough. Fact? Fiction?
FICTION!!!

Salt and pepper the meat before cooking.
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Old 03-19-2006, 11:56 AM   #10
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I hate to disagree with cooks I respect enormously, but I am not a great fan of tenderloin of beef.

Much prefer a standing rib roast.

It is tender and has, at least to us, more flavor than the tenderloin.

And then you get the bones which we always use to make French onion soup.

But the tenderloin is very tender, easy to cut, and makes a nice presentation.

So go for it.

But sometime, when you get a bit more experience, try a standing rib roast.

For two, a three rib roast should be more than enough, with plenty of leftover meat (love to make roast beef sandwiches with the leftovers).

A tenderloin will turn out great, however.

Am sure you will enjoy it, God bless.
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