For busy mums, roast beef has to be the easiest meal to make. Just rub it all over with salt and pepper, pop it in the oven and the job is done! Use a meat thermometer to know when the roast is cooked and let it rest while you make a simple pan-sauce for the adults. To make the meal for baby, just trim off the seasoned outside edges of the cooked roast beef slices before you purée the meat.
2 cups (500 mL) low sodium beef stock or broth such as Campbell’s
Rub roast all over with salt and pepper. Place on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert oven-safe meat thermometer into centre of roast, avoiding bone. Cook uncovered in 450°F (230°C) oven for 10 minutes.
Reduce heat to 275°F (140°C); cook until thermometer reads 160°F (71°C) for medium. Remove roast from oven and rest, covered loosely with foil on a carving board and make the Simple Sauce.
Skim off all but 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of fat from roasting pan and place over medium high heat. Add garlic and shallots and sauté 1 to 2 minutes. Add thyme and red wine to pan, stirring to scrape up browned bits from bottom of pan; simmer until wine is almost cooked dry.
Meanwhile, mix the corn starch and water together in a bowl, stirring until smooth; set aside. Stir beef stock into the roasting pan and simmer until reduced by half. Gradually stir in the corn starch mixture, cooking until sauce is slightly thickened.
Carve roast across the grain into thin slices and serve with sauce.
TIP: To make baked potatoes at the same time, place scrubbed whole potatoes on the oven rack when starting to cook the roast.
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