Salt-crusted Roast Beef

Salt-crusted Roast Beef

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About this recipe: Roast beef is encased in a rock salt crust giving it a not too salty flavour and keeping it juicy inside. It's easy and impressive to serve at your dinner party. Serve it with a traditional creamy horseradish sauce on the side.

Dorothy Young

Serves: 4 

  • 1 (2kg) beef rolled rib roast
  • 475ml English mustard
  • 1.25kg rock salt
  • For the sauce:
  • 235ml double cream
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Extra time:15min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

  1. Preheat oven to 230 C. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil.
  2. Liberally coat the roast with mustard, so that it is entirely covered. Put a thick layer of rock salt on the foil in the tray, about the size of the bottom of the roast. Set the bottom of the roast on the salt, and press down to embed the salt into the mustard. Completely cover the remainder of the roast with rock salt, pressing it into the mustard. (A lot of salt will fall off into the pan, but that doesn't hurt anything).
  3. Bake uncovered, in preheated oven for 60 - 75 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes. The roast will be encased in a salt shell. Hit the shell sharply with the back of a knife, and it will crack open and start to fall off. Remove the shell, and place the roast on a cutting board. Slice, and serve with horseradish sauce.
  4. Horseradish sauce: In a small bowl, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Fold in horseradish to taste.

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