Sunday Lunch is the highlight of the week and the time when I like to push the boat out a little bit.
Sometimes I will roll my Beef in Mustard and cook it like that but I have taken to doing it this way instead. There is no getting away from the fact the crust is spicy, so cut off this for fussy eaters. It surprised me when two of my very fussy children tried this and loved it; they kept returning for more.
I have added my amounts in but this will vary on who and how many you are feeding, how spicy you like your meat and how big the joint is. These measurements are a good guideline to try for the first time you spice up your Beef then you can adapt accordingly.
Mixed peppercorns 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds 1 tbsp
Fennel Seeds 1tsp
Red Onions cut into quarters
Joint of Beef
Red currant Jelly (although I had run out and used Chill Jam instead)
good pouring of Red Wine
It is so simple for such a deep pervasion of subtle spices
Crush the peppercorns then add the mustard seeds and fennel seeds crushing them as well.
Cover the joint of Beef with oil.
Spread the peppercorn mix over a plate or roasting dish and roll the oiled joint in the mix.
Leave this for a few hours if you can or even overnight in the Fridge (you could put it in a bag)
Before you are ready to cook take the beef from the fridge so it can acclimatise to the temperature of the room.
Rest the Beef on the onions so any juices drip down.
Cook in a hot oven 200°C / Gas 6 for about an hour (depending on weight, preference rare or well done – I like very rare the rest of the family prefer very well done an hour was more to my liking than theirs)
Take the meat out and let it rest for at least 30 minutes – if any longer cover with Silver foil to keep the heat.
Meanwhile using the onions and all the delicious scrapings in the pan. Mix in a spoonful of flour which has been mixed with water. Stir it in till there are no lumps of flour.
Add the stock cube, redcurrant jelly and the wine and mix well; over the heat. If like me you use pampered chef stoneware which cannot have direct heat I put it in the oven remembering to stir regularly.
Serve with delicious Yorkshire Puddings, Roast potatoes and a selection of veg. I confess to hide all the seeds and onions I strained the gravy before taking it to the table, but some tastes might enjoy the bits still in the gravy
I used the left overs for sandwich fillings and cold meat platters, the kick added to the beef was delicious but not at all overpowering.
Enjoy, do you add anything else to your joints – let me have a try?