Friday, November 18, 2011

Sunday Roast

I promised you 2 recipes this week,
and although I'm cutting it close with this last minute Friday recipe,
it's a good one.  
Trust me.

This roast came into my life when there was a sale on beef at the store.
At 50% off, how could I not buy a roast?!
I picked up what I thought was a chuck roast
only to get home and realize it was a cross rib roast.
What the heck is a Cross Rib Roast??
So I did what any internet enabled cook would do....
I googled it.
And this recipe popped up.
With 8 ingredients which you probably already have, 
it looked almost a little too easy.
But I decided to give it a try.

And.  Oh.  My.  God.
This is one of the best things I've ever made!
It was soo tender,
and juicy,
and flavorful.
Full of rosemary, thyme, and garlic.
And it looks pretty impressive too.
You can totally fool your guests into thinking 
you've spent the day slaving away in the kitchen.
When really you just slathered some stuff on a hunk of beef
and stuck it in the oven for an hour.

I served this with some roasted red potatoes, 
brussel sprouts with parmesan and pine nuts,

If you're a meat eater, you need to try this recipe.
The only thing I changed from the original was the salt -
one tablespoon of salt was way too much.

Cross Rib Roast

2 lbs cross rib roast
2 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 450.
Brush the roast with the Balsamic Vinegar.
Make a paste with the remaining ingredients and rub all over the meat.
Roast meat at 450 for 15 minutes.
Reduce heat to 350 and cook for 40-60 minutes, 
or until thermometer reads 125.
Remove from oven.  
Tent with foil and let sit for 15-25 minutes before slicing.

Blurry iphone photo

This could also make a great Thanksgiving alternative
if you're not into the whole turkey thing.

Or just surprise your favorite carnivore with a delicious Sunday dinner!



  1. Okay, I definitely didn't know the difference between a chuck roast and a cross rib roast! This looks so incredibly fabulous! I think I'm going to have my hubby make this for me! ;) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Um i am not a big meat person but this looks soooo good! I have never heard of a cross rib roast!

  3. YUM. this looks and sounds aamazing.

  4. You did a really great job cooking that! You're a professional. Some people just don't do good cooking meats. Or they cut them too soon and they dry out.

  5. Making this for the second time tonight! Over cooked it a bit last time, but it was still delicious! Thanks for this great recipe!