Alfresco beef

This marinated roast beef recipe produces the perfect centrepiece to any summer Sunday lunch
Alfresco beef
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  • Serves: 4-6
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 25 minutes (for medium)
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes plus marinating
  • Effort: easy


  • 1.3 kg lean beef, topside, silverside or sirloin joint
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 3 large sprigs fresh rosemary, cut into smaller sprigs
  • 300 ml rosé wine
  • 4 fresh bay leaves, torn
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bulbs garlic, peeled and cut in half horizontally
  • 2 large red onions, peeled and cut into wedges


1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4-5, 180-190°C, 350-375°F.

2. Place the joint on a chopping board and make several slashes over the surface with a sharp knife, taking care not to cut any butchers string or meat bands. Season on both sides and push the rosemary sprigs into the slits.

3. Place the beef in a strong, large plastic freezer bag and add the wine, bay leaves, oil and garlic. Seal the bag, place on a large plate and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.

4. Remove the garlic and bay leaves from the beef marinade (reserve the marinade) and transfer to a large non-stick roasting tin with the onions. Place the beef on top of the onions, pour over the marinade and open roast for the preferred, calculated cooking time, basting occasionally with any rich meat juices. Cover with foil if browning too quickly.

5. Transfer the beef to a large warm plate, cover and leave to rest for 20 minutes.

6. Slice the beef and serve with the pan juices, red onions, a new potato salad and corn on the cob.

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