Roast Beef 

You can roast your favorite cut of beef for a delicious meal.  There are various cuts of beef you might choose to roast such as a standing rib roast, boneless rib roast, rib eye, tenderloin, high quality boneless rolled rump roast.  high quality sirloin tip roast or a top round roast.  Whichever roast you choose you want it to have some fat on it. The method for roasting any of these cuts of beef is the same.  Place the roast on a rack in a shallow pan with the fat side up.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  There is no need to baste the roast since fat will drip on it. 

Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Insert a meat thermometer into roast and cook to an internal temperature of 140 degrees for rare, 160 degrees for medium and 170 degrees for well done.  

Cooking times will vary depending on the cut and the size of your roast. 

When your roast has reached desired temperature remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.  Carve meat across the grain. 

Gravy 

If you want to make beef gravy with your roast you will need 

2 Tbsp of the beef drippings from roasting pan2 Tbsp cornstarch 

¼ cup cool water2 cups beef broth 

Place the 2 tablespoons of beef drippings in a saucepan over low heat Add as much liquid as possible from the roasting pan to the drippings in the saucepan but avoid adding the fat.  In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch with the cool water, adding the water slowly and stirring until smooth and the consistency of thin paste.  Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan with the pan drippings and whisk until mixture begins to thicken.  Slowly whisk in the beef broth.  You want to add the beef broth slowly, so your gravy does not become too thin.  You may not need to add all of the beef broth.  If your gravy starts to get thinner than you like stop adding broth and allow the gravy to simmer to evaporate some of the liquid. 

With your roast beef and gravy, you might want to serve some mashed potatoes 

Mashed potatoes 

6 potatoes, peeled4 Tbsp butter 

½ cup hot milk, approx.salt and pepper to taste 

Cook potatoes covered in small amount of boiling salted water until tender (about 20 to 30 minutes).  Drain and return potatoes to pan and shake pan over low heat for a few minutes to dry the potatoes.  Using either a potato masher or a mixer combine the butter and enough of the hot milk into the potatoes to make them creamy and light.  Add the salt and pepper as you are beating or mashing   the potatoes. 

To complete your meal you can add several of your favorite vegetables and for dessert you might serve either something sweet or some fruit.  A roast beef dinner is something you can prepare for just the family, but it is also special enough to be prepared as a meal for guests. 

Any leftover roast beef can be used to make hot beef sandwiches at another time.